Ohio firefighter dead after collapsing at fire scene

Ohio firefighter dead after collapsing at fire scene
An Ohio firefighter collapsed at a fire scene Sunday night and died shortly after, fire officials say in Nelsonville. (Source: Nelsonville Fire Department)

NELSONVILLE, OHIO (FOX19) - An Ohio firefighter collapsed and died at the scene of a fire Sunday night, fire officials announced early Monday.

Jeff Armes collapsed during firefighting operations at a structure fire on Pleasantview Avenue in Nelsonville in Athens County just after 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a post on the Nelsonville Division of Fire Facebook page.

The Nelsonville Division of Fire is mourning the death of one of our own. Nelsonville senior firefighter, Jeff Armes,...

Posted by Nelsonville Division Of Fire on Sunday, May 2, 2021

Firefighters and paramedics administered CPR and advanced life support care immediately.

Armes was taken by Athens County EMS to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, where he was pronounced dead.

Nelsonville Fire Chief Harry Barber informed the department of the line duty death and asked everyone to “please keep all our firefighters and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this difficult time.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all U.S. and Ohio state flags in Adams County, the Ohio State House, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower to be flown at half-staff until sunset the day of Armes’ funeral. All other public buildings have the option to do the same.

Scott Frank, Nelsonville City Manager, said “This is a day that we have all dreaded in our minds. We are keenly aware of the dangers of our public safety professionals, but we all have hoped they would continue to be looked over and protected. Now that tragedy has stricken our City, we must not fall apart but stand strong and band together to support the Armes family and those who are closest to them.”

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced on the fire department’s Facebook page.

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