USFA: Pennsylvania On-Duty Death

Reading firefighter contracted COVID-19.

Reading firefighter contracted COVID-19

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp, 52, of the Reading Department of Fire and Rescue Services on January 5, 2021.

Firefighter/EMT Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp transported at least two patients to hospitals, who had tested positive for COVID-19. He also evaluated a patient on-scene that possibly had the virus. He subsequently contracted the disease and passed away on January 5, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/EMT Kulp at

To date, four 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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