The following are Firefighter COVID LODD’s as well as a Paramedic Line of Duty Death (collapse while working a patient) within the last few days. Please don’t take our “listing” (vs more detailed info) as anything other than the sheer volume of recent losses & incidents.
READING PA FIREFIGHTER DIES FROM COVID-19 LODD
Mark E. “Dewey” Kulp, 52, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Penn State Health – St. Joseph. In 1982 he joined the City of Reading Fire Explorer Post 290 and beginning in 1986 he was an active volunteer with Liberty Fire Company, serving as a Captain on Engine 5 beginning Dewey’s long career in public service. He was hired as a career firefighter with the City of Reading on February 1, 1993. He was an active member of the former Reading Fire Department Scuba Team and was a former Treasurer for 10 years with the Reading Firefighters Local 1803.
LOUISIANA FIREFIGHTER DIES FROM COVID-19
Shreveport Firefighter, Leonard Coney has been a member of the Shreveport Fire Department since August 2007, proudly serving almost 14 years. He spent his career working on C-Shift and was assigned to Medic 5 at Fire Station No. 5. He was exposed to Covid-19 during his tour of duty and ultimately succumbed to complications of Covid-19 on Thursday January 7, 2021.
OCEAN CITY-WRIGHT FIRE-FLORIDA FIRE CAPTAIN DIES FROM COVID-19 LODD
Ocean City – Wright Fire Control District (Florida Panhandle / Okaloosa County) Captain Lloyd Losinger, 60, succumbed to complications from COVID related pneumonia this past Wednesday, January 6th following a lengthy battle with this terrible illness. Though only employed with Ocean City – Wright for a little over a year, Captain Losinger had 30+ years in the fire service and retired from the North Bay Fire District in 2018.
NORTH CAROLINA FIREFIGHTER, 49, DIES FROM COVID-19
North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers are mourning the loss of one of their own this week. First Sergeant Timothy “Lee” Howell died after months of fighting COVID-19. The 49-year-old battled the virus for two months before his death Thursday January 7, 2021, at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. Howell was also a member of the Sandy Bottom Fire Department.
TENNESSEE FIREFIGHTER, 57, DIES FROM COVID-19
We regret to pass on that Firefighter Ronald Steven Perry, 57 has died from COVID-19.
Firefighter Perry responded to a mutual aid call of a building fire on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He and two other firefighters subsequently contracted COVID-19. Firefighter Perry passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from the virus.
MICHIGAN FIRE CHIEF DIES FROM COVID-19
We regret to pass on that Grant Township (MI) Fire Chief Roland Brooks, 82, with 56 years service has died from COVID related illness on 12-20-2020.
Chief Roland Brooks contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, December 5, 2020 and passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020.
MINNESOTA PARAMEDIC COLLAPSES ON DUTY-LODD
We regret to pass on that Paramedic Toby Rowan had just finished responding to a medical call for the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia (north of Minneapolis) and was still on the scene when he collapsed. Sheriff’s deputies and other paramedics who had responded to the call attempted to revive Rowan, but were unsuccessful. The patient who Rowan was trying to save also died.
Rowan had worked for the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) for the past five years. His wife, Darcy, is a nurse at the hospital, which is located in Crosby. Besides his wife, Rowan is survived by his parents, two sons and two stepdaughters.