The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reported on the death of a 73-year-old Maryland firefighter in late 2019.
On Saturday, December 28, 2019, North East Fire Company Assistant Engineer Otis L. Isaacs, Jr., was fixing a break on a fire engine and was on stand-by for two responses. While on stand-by, he assisted with a function the fire department was having that evening by setting up tables and chairs. He returned to the station the next morning, Sunday, December 29, 2019, to work on another fire department vehicle. When he returned home late that morning, at approximately 1130hrs., he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away.
This was the second firefighter fatality reported to the USFA in 2020.