The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 4 Firefighter fatalities in the month of May:
Name: Edward J. Ciocca Rank: Deputy Fire Chief Status: Career
Date of Incident: 3/24/2020
Fire Department: White Plains Fire Department Age: 62
Years of Service: 35
Date of Death: 5/01/2020
Incident Description: While on duty, Deputy Fire Chief Ciocca contracted COVID-19 from working with other firefighters who subsequently tested positive for the virus.
On May 1, 62 y/o Deputy Chief Edward Ciocca of the White Plains FD located in New York, died
in the LOD
Name: Andrew DiMaggio
Rank: Fire Captain
Date of Incident: 4/05/2020
Fire Department: New Rochelle Fire Department
Years of Service: 31 Date of Death: 5/03/2020
Incident Description: Fire Captain Andrew DiMaggio contracted COVID-19 during the course of his official duties at the firehouse.
On May 3, 57 y/o Captain Andrew DiMaggio of the New Rochelle FD located in New York, died
in the LOD
Name: David F. Jameson, Jr.
Rank: Firefighter/Hazmat Technician Status: Career
Date of Incident: 5/07/2020
Fire Department: Independence Fire Department
Years of Service: 23
Incident Description: On May 7, 2020, at approximately 1300hrs, Firefighter David F. Jameson, Jr., responded to a report of a residential fire. Upon arrival, he was not feeling well and was experiencing shortness of breath. He remained in the truck while others addressed the fire, which was determined to be an illegal open burn. When the crew returned to the pumper, Firefighter Jameson became unresponsive. Medical care was immediately provided and he was transported to the Centerpoint Medical Center where he later passed away. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
On May 7, 52 y/o Firefighter David Jameson of the Independence FD located in Missouri, died in
Name: Joseph Nealon, Jr.
Rank: Firefighter/Chaplain Status: Part-Time (Paid) Date of Incident: 5/30/2020
Fire Department: Newport Township Fire Department
Years of Service: 13
Incident Description: On Saturday, May 30, 2020, Firefighter/Chaplain Joseph Nealon, Jr. experienced a medical emergency while on-duty at the firehouse. He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.
On May 30, 58 y/o Firefighter Joseph Nealon of the Newport Township FD located in
Pennsylvania, died in the LOD
To date 36 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2020, May They Rest In Peace.
As of 5/30/20 there are 52 COVID 19 related LODD (29 Fire / 23 EMS) reported to USFA.