USFA: Virginia On-Duty Death

Firefighter/EMT Woods was found unresponsive in a tanker

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Charles “Dog” C. Woods, 58, of the Adwolfe Fire Department, on September 23, 2020.

In the early morning hours of September 23, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Charles Woods responded to a residential fire in Marion, VA, with the Adwolfe Volunteer Fire Department. Upon arrival, the occupant of the residence was secured and fire suppression activities began. During operations, Firefighter/EMT Woods was found unresponsive in a tanker after having filled it from a nearby fire hydrant and completing several other on-scene duties. Crews at the scene immediately provided lifesaving efforts and transported Firefighter/EMT Woods to Smyth County Community Hospital. All attempts to revive Firefighter/EMT Woods, however, were not successful.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/EMT Woods at

To date, 65 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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