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Darrell Wayne Woodard


On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Chief Darrell Woodard responded to a call for a smell of smoke in a building.  All four firefighters, including Chief Woodard, that responded to this incident, tested positive for COVID-19.  Chief Woodard passed away from the virus on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

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

Department information

Savannah Volunteer Fire Department
18 Ralph Tatham Road
Sylva, North Carolina 28779

Chief: Acting Chief Floyd Green

Age: 66
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 3, 2020
Date of death: December 29, 2020
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Industry

Last updated: March 03, 2021

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