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Donald L. Jones


On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Fire Chief Donald L. Jones, during a lunch break, went into cardiac arrest. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service responded to the incident and immediately performed advanced life support measures on him.  Chief Jones was subsequently transported to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where, after exhausting all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, was pronounced deceased. 

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

Department information

Midfield Fire and Rescue Service
704 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., DR
Midfield, Alabama 35228

Chief: Acting Chief Bobby Golden

Age: 59
Rank: Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 21, 2021 1:00 p.m.
Date of death: April 21, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Public Assembly

Last updated: May 18, 2021

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