USFA: Mississippi On-Duty Death

Sardis captain contracted the virus at the fire department.

Sardis captain contracted the virus at
the fire department

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Captain Guandes “Mook” Smith, 27, of the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department on February 8, 2021.

While on duty, Captain Guandes “Mook” Smith contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus during the early morning hours of Monday, February 8, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Captain Smith at

To date, 16 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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