David Closs, Sr.


On August 17, 2020, Firefighter David Closs and other firefighters from the Avis Fire Company #1, responded to a residential structure fire.  Firefighter Closs was working scene safety a short distance away from the actual structure fire when he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately taken to the local hospital.  He passed away on August 23, 2020 from an apparent heart attack.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

Avis Fire Company #1
1 East Central Avenue
Avis, Pennsylvania 17721

Chief: Matthew Stover

Age: 67
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 17, 2020 21:51
Date of death: August 23, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Scene Safety
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

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