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John Howell Clift, Jr.


Firefighter Clift was exposed to COVID-19 during on-duty activities.  He became ill and his health worsened.  He died on Jan. 2, 2021, as a result of COVID-19 complications.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
John Howell Clift, Jr. was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Rural Metro Fire Department
10140 Gallows Point Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37931

Chief: Jerry Harnish

Age: 64
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Paid-on-Call
Incident date: November 21, 2020 2:20 p.m.
Date of death: January 2, 2021
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: July 07, 2022