Firefighter Fatality Notification – Willie Bunch

Firefighter Fatality Notification

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

Willie Bunch


Oak City Fire and Rescue Department
Oak City, NC

While on-duty at the fire department, Lieutenant Willie Bunch contracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Monday, August 16, 2021.

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 24

Date of Incident: July 21, 2021

Date of Death: August 16, 2021

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