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George “Johnny” Childs


Driver/Engineer Childs and other members of his fire department responded to a residential structure fire the afternoon of December 4, 2019.  The next morning, he was found unresponsive by his personal vehicle outside a local business. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he died from cardiac arrest.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
George “Johnny” Childs was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Arcade Fire Department
483 Swann Road
Jefferson, Georgia 30549

Chief: Parker Griffith

Age: 67
Rank: Driver/Engineer
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 4, 2019 15:45
Date of death: December 5, 2019
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Unknown
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: July 07, 2020

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