USFA: Pennsylvania On-Duty Death

Heart attack claims firefighter working on scene safety

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter David Closs, Sr., 67, of Avis Fire Company No.1 on August 23, 2020.

On August 17, 2020, Firefighter David Closs and other firefighters from the Avis Fire Company #1, responded to a residential structure fire. Firefighter Closs was working scene safety a short distance away from the actual structure fire when he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately taken to the local hospital. He passed away on August 23, 2020 from an apparent heart attack.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Closs, Sr. at

To date, 56 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. 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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