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Chester Riley


On Saturday, March 20, 2021, Chief Chester Riley responded to the scene of an automobile accident.  While at the incident, he experienced a heart attack and passed away.  

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

Department information

Nucla Naturita Fire Protection District
555 Main ST
Nucla, Colorado 81424

Chief: Interim Chief Orson Case

Age: 57
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 20, 2021 8:30 p.m.
Date of death: March 20, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Extrication
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: April 06, 2021

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