Durham (NC) Firefighter Dies After Battling COVID for More Than a Month

Fire Driver Jeremy Klemm
Durham (NC) Fire Driver Jeremy Klemm. Photo: Durham (NC) Fire Department

Danielle Battaglia

The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)


Sep. 19—A Durham firefighter died Saturday evening after battling COVID-19 for more than a month.

The Durham Fire Department announced the death of the 15-year employee in a Facebook post Sunday morning.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fire Driver Jeremy Klemm,” the post stated. “He will be missed greatly.”

Firefighters said Klemm, 45, contracted the deadly virus on Aug. 17.

Klemm began his career with the Durham Fire Department on Feb. 27, 2006, after graduating from Fire Academy 19. He became fire driver on Jan. 2, 2020, and was last assigned to the Engine 8 A-Shift.

The post said he leaves behind his mother Debby White, brother Jason Klemm, son Dominic Klemm and stepsons Jack Lucas and Nathan Moore.

Department officials said they won’t provide further details about Klemm until speaking with his family but plan to put out more information by Monday.

Firefighters, police officers and other city employees in Durham are required to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 10 or consent to regular testing starting Oct. 18, The News & Observer previously reported.


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This story was originally published September 19, 2021 12:57 PM.


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