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Robert Costello

Chief

Fire Chief Robert Costello, while on-duty, attended fire department and city council meetings with individuals with known cases of COVID-19.  He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away from a heart attack stemming from the disease on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

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

Department information

Buckeye Fire-Medical Rescue Department
21699 West Yuma RD
STE 100
Buckeye, Arizona 85326

Chief: Acting Chief William Stockley

Age: 62
Rank: Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 7, 2021 8:30 a.m.
Date of death: April 8, 2021
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Public Assembly

Last updated: April 20, 2021

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