USFA: North Carolina On-Duty Death

Chief Woodard contracted COVID-19 during a smoke investigation.

Chief Woodard contracted COVID-19 during a smoke investigation

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Darrell Woodard, 66, of the Savannah Volunteer Fire Department on December 29, 2020.

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Chief Darrell Woodard responded to a call for a smell of smoke in a building. All four firefighters, including Chief Woodard, that responded to this incident, tested positive for COVID-19. Chief Woodard passed away from the virus on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Woodard at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 92 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.

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