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Richard “Rick” Van Todd


While on duty, Fire Chief Richard “Rick” Todd responded to an EMS call where an individual had a known case of COVID-19.  Fire Chief Todd subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

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

Department information

Salem Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 126
Salem, West Virginia 26426

Chief: Acting Chief Richie Todd, II

Age: 58
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 1, 2020
Date of death: September 23, 2020
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: March 03, 2021

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