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Brian H. Ritchie


While on-duty, Lieutenant Brian Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department.  He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.  Lieutenant Ritchie was also the Assistant Chief of the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Department information

Weirton Fire Department
200 Municipal Plaza
Weirton, West Virginia 26062

Chief: Kevin Himmelrick

Age: 50
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 18, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Date of death: February 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: March 03, 2021

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