==WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CHIEF DIES FROM COVID
A Jackson County community is mourning the loss of its long-time fire chief. Darrell Woodard, 66, ran the Savannah Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He died on Tuesday, Dec. 29, after a battle with COVID-19.
==LOS ANGELES CAPTAIN DIES FROM COVID
A 57-year-old Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighter succumbed to COVID-19 complications on New Year’s Day, the second member of the agency to die of the disease. Capt. George Roque was a 22-year veteran of the Fire Department who was assigned to Fire Station 97 in Studio City. He leaves behind a wife and four children, according to LAFD.
==BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBER DIES FROM COVID
A 911 specialist for the Baltimore City Fire Department has died from “COVID-19-related symptoms,” becoming the first employee of the fire department to die from complications with the virus. The 62-year-old employee, whom fire officials declined to identify citing her family’s wishes, worked for the fire department for 14 years.
==CT DEPUTY CHIEF & HIS WIFE-AN EMT-BOTH DIE FROM COVID
Don Kutz, the deputy chief of Montville Fire died on Dec. 22 after a hospital stay and because he was battling COVID-19 complications. Kutz’s wife, Christine Kutz, died on Dec. 1 for the same reason. She was an emergency medical services lieutenant at Montville Fire who served the community for more than three decades as an EMT. Chief Kutz has been with Montville Fire for 52 years as a very dedicated firefighter/EMT.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace …and our best thoughts, prayers, good karma and wishes go to all those Firefighters and EMT’s who are fighting COVID related illness, some of whom are in critical condition.