USFA: Tennessee On-Duty Death

Shelby County lieutenant contracted COVID-19 at the fire department.

Shelby County lieutenant contracted COVID-19 at the fire department

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Training Lieutenant Terry Watts, 51, of the Shelby County Fire Department on February 10, 2021.

While on-duty, Training Lieutenant Terry Watts contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Training Lieutenant Watts at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 17 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. 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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