Firefighter Fatality Notification – John Howell Clift

Firefighter Fatality Notification

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The U.S. Fire Administration has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

John Howell Clift


Rural Metro Fire Department
Knoxville, TN

Firefighter John Howell Clift contracted COVID-19 while on-duty.  He was hospitalized in early December and passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Age: 64

Gender: Male

Status: Paid On-Call

Years of Service: 40

Date of Incident: November 21, 2020

Date of Death: January 2, 2021

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