USFA: West Virginia On-Duty Death

Lieutenant Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department.

Lieutenant Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at
the fire department

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Lieutenant Brian Ritchie, 50, of the Weirton Fire Department on February 2, 2021.

While on-duty, Lieutenant Brian Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Lieutenant Ritchie was also the Assistant Chief of the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

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

To date, 15 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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