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 http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

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 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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