USFA: Texas On-Duty Death

San Benito fire chief dies due to COVID-19.

San Benito fire chief dies due to COVID-19

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Danny Watkins, 67, of the San Benito Fire Department on January 12, 2021.

Chief Danny Watkins contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Watkins at

To date, seven 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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