A Firefighter from Conejos County (Colorado) died in the Line of Duty after responding to a wildland fire on Sunday. Harold Joe Cordova, 83, died after working the fire. Cordova was called out to a grassland fire near Manassa, a small statutory town in southern Colorado, to help with protecting structures on Sunday. Sometime that afternoon, Cordova arrived at the scene, but wasn’t feeling well and went back home. For an unknown reason later that day, his family called 911 for him. He died later that day at the Conejos County Hospital in La Jara.
Cordova worked with the Central Conejos Fire Protection District (CCFPD) and Manassa Fire Department for more than 65 years, King said. He started as a firefighter when he was 18 years old and was recently serving on the CCFPD’s fire board. He was a lifetime resident of Manassa, having been born in the town on Nov. 11, 1938.