USFA: Missouri On-Duty Death

Victim found deceased at his home from an apparent heart attack

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Ron Wehlage, Jr., 40, of the De Soto Rural Fire Protection District on June 30, 2020.

On Saturday evening, June 27, 2020, Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Ron Wehlage, Jr., responded to a residential fire. After his work duty ended on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020, he returned home. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, he did not show up for his next shift. Someone was sent to check on him and found Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage deceased at his home from an apparent heart attack. Individuals attempted to contact Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage on Sunday, June 28, 2020, but all attempts were unsuccessful.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage, Jr. at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 41 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

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

USFA: Missouri On-Duty Death