COVID-19: EMS deaths

Tracking the coronavirus-related deaths of EMTs and paramedics

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the country, the first responders on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable of contracting the virus. As was feared, the death toll now includes a growing number of EMS personnel.

What follows is a compilation of the reports, by state, of EMS personnel who have died of coronavirus-related complications. For cities with multiple diagnoses, the links are ordered chronologically, with the top being the most recent.

Note: Not all of these deaths have been confirmed as line-of-duty deaths. Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder shared an update from the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program as to how COVID-19 deaths will be classified.


Los Angeles — LA firefighter-paramedic, Jose M. Perez, 44, dies from COVID-19 complications

Los Angeles County — Calif. Falck EMT dies from COVID-19


Denver — Colo. paramedic, Paul Cary, 66, dies from COVID-19


Montville — Married deputy fire chief, EMS lieutenant, Don and Christine Kutz, die weeks apart from COVID-19


Volusia County — Fla. paramedic, Gerald "Jerry" Jones, 51, dies from COVID-19


Monroe County — FF-EMR, Harold Boone, 49, dies after month-long battle with COVID-19


Chicago — Chicago paramedic, Robert Truevillian, dies from COVID-19 complications


Columbus — Veteran Ind. paramedic, Scott Gordon, 56, dies due to COVID-19


Edwardsville — Kan. paramedic, Jason Taylor, dies of COVID-19 complications on New Year's Day


Annapolis Junction — Md. Falck EMT, Jerry S. Mercadante, 67, dies due to COVID-19


Huron Township — Mich. paramedic and former fire Lt., Paul Novicki, 51, dies from COVID-19


Natchez — Miss. AMR paramedic, David Martin, dies from COVID-19 complications


Kansas City — Mo. EMT, Billy Birmingham, dies from COVID-19


Ponca — Colleagues remember Neb. FF-EMT, Bob "Husker Bob" Kneifl, 64, who died due to COVID-19


Passaic — City of Passaic firefighter-EMT, Israel Tolentino, 33, has died from COVID-19

Hackensack — Past Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps captain and life member, Reuven Maroth, dies from COVID-19

Newark — EMT Liana Sá, of Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation and Watchung Rescue Squad, dies from COVID-19

Pompton Lakes — North Bergen and Saint Clare's Hospital EMT Kevin Leiva, 24, dies from COVID-19 complications

Bergen County — Physician and NJSEA EMS member, Dr. Frank Molinari, has died from COVID-19

Monmouth County — NJ firefighter-EMT, Robert Weber, dies from COVID-19 complications

West Orange — RWJBarnabas Health EMS educator, Robert Tarrant, has died from COVID-19

Elizabeth — Trinitas Regional Medical Center EMT, Solomon Donald, dies from COVID-19

Chatham — Atlantic Health EMS educator, former Chatham police captain, Bill Nauta, 72, dies from COVID-19

Morristown — Atlantic Mobile Health EMT, Scott Geiger, dies due to COVID-19 complications

Bergen County — Firefighter, EMS instructor and NJSEA EMT, John Ferrarella, dies from COVID-19 

Woodbridge — NJ volunteer EMS chief, John Careccia, 74, dies from COVID-19

Bergen County — NJ EMT, former fire chief, David Pinto, 70, dies from COVID-19 complications

New York — NY paramedic, Brian Saddler, 60, dies due to COVID-19

New Mexico

San Juan County — Procession honors NM flight medic, Glovis Foster, who died from COVID-19

Alamo Navajo Reservation — Funeral held for EMT who died from COVID-19 complications


New York City — FDNY ambulance mechanic, James Villecco, 55, dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT and 9/11 responder, Gregory Hodge, 59, dies from COVID-19

New York City — NYU Langone Hospital paramedic, former FDNY EMS member, Tony Thomas, dies from COVID-19

Valley Stream — LODD: NY firefighter-EMT and 9/11 responder, Mike Field, dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT, John Redd, 63, dies due to COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT, Idris Bey, 60, dies due to COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT, 30-year EMS veteran, Richard Seaberry, 63, dies due to COVID-19

Blooming Grove — NY ambulance volunteer, Sal Mancuso, 66, dies from COVID-19


Nowata — Okla. paramedic, Cole Brooks, dies after battle with COVID-19

Tulsa — Colleagues remember Okla. paramedic, Debbie Rusher, 56, who died from COVID-19


Delaware County — Pa. first responders, healthcare professionals mourn paramedic, Kevin Bundy, who died from COVID-19

Robesonia — Pa. assistant fire chief and EMT, Robert Zerman, 49, dies from COVID-19

Lehigh County — Pa. FF-EMT, Jeremy Emerich, 40, dies from COVID-19 weeks after brother

Philadelphia — AMR Philadelphia paramedic, former FD captain, William "Brad" Blackman, dies from COVID-19

Chester County — Pa. EMT, EMS instructor, Greg Gelsinger, 63, dies due to COVID-19

York County — Veteran Pa. EMT, Doug Dzubinski, 53, dies from COVID-19

Scranton — Pa. FF-EMT, Stephen Sunday, 28, dies due to multiple pulmonary embolisms from COVID-19

South Carolina

Piedmont — SC EMT, John Paul "JP" Granger, 22, dies from COVID-19

Charleston — SC EMT, Keith Brown, 48, dies due to COVID-19


San Antonio — Family mourns San Antonio medic, Army veteran, Alex Cardenas, who died of COVID-19

Houston — Houston firefighter-medic, Jerry Pacheco, dies from COVID-19

Texarkana — Texas paramedic Shon Matthews, 48, dies after COVID-19

Harris County — Veteran Texas paramedic, Gordon Baker, 62, dies due to COVID-19 

West Virginia

Salem — W.Va. fire chief, paramedic, Rick Todd dies due to COVID-19 complications


Ixonia — Wis. EMS captain, Kelly L. Raether, 42, dies due to COVID-19 complications

Note: It is our intent to maintain an accurate and up-to-date directory. If we have not included an EMS professional, first please accept our apology and condolences. Second, please send us their name and a link to a news report, department press release or obituary so we can include them and link to additional information. Thank you.

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