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Ronald “Steve” Steven Perry


Firefighter Ronald Steven Perry responded to a mutual aid call of a building fire on Sunday, November 15, 2020.  He and two other firefighters subsequently contracted COVID-19.  Firefighter Perry passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from the virus.

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

Department information

East Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department
3287 Weaver Pike
Bristol, Tennessee 37620

Chief: Cody Cross

Age: 57
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 15, 2020 04:03
Date of death: December 17, 2020
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: July 16, 2021

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