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Robert “Rob” Lee Orkies


Chief Robert “Rob” Orkies developed COVID-19 while on-duty from attending mandated fire department meetings and other fire department functions.  He passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020. 

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

Department information

Zoneton Fire Protection District
5328 N Preston Highway
Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165

Chief: Acting Chief Garry Key

Age: 55
Rank: Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: November 9, 2020
Date of death: December 11, 2020
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: In-Station Duties
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: March 03, 2021

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