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Donald Joe Downs


On November 17, 2020, Firefighter Donald Downs, while attending mandatory training for the fire department, contracted COVID-19 from attendees at the exercise.  He passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from the virus.

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

Department information

Saragossa Volunteer Fire Department
2440 Saragossa RD
Nauvoo, Alabama 35578

Chief: Jason Jones

Age: 69
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 17, 2020 14:00
Date of death: December 9, 2020
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Public Assembly

Last updated: March 03, 2021

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