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Mark Brian Gillam


Engineer Gillam worked 15 hours of a 24-hour shift that began on the morning of Aug. 22, 2021, at a public festival where he had contact with large crowns. He began to display COVD-19 symptoms on Aug. 25, 2021, tested positive for the virus on Aug. 30, 2021 and he was hospitalized. Engineer Gillam died as the result of complications of COVID-19 on Oct. 3, 2021.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Mark Brian Gillam was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Elwood Fire Department
1505 S. B ST
Elwood, Indiana 46036

Chief: Mark Sullivan

Age: 58
Rank: Engineer
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 22, 2021
Date of death: October 3, 2021
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: July 07, 2022