Ohio firefighter dies after collapsing while responding to structure fire


UPDATE: 4:30 P.M. May 3, 2021: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered flags to be lowered in honor of Nelsonville Firefighter Jeff Armes.

The order states that United States and State of Ohio flags will be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in Athens County and at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center and the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus until the day of Armes’ funeral.

Armes died after he collapsed at the scene of a structure fire Sunday, May 2.

NELSONVILLE, OH (WCMH) — The Nelsonville Division of Fire says one of their own has died after collapsing while on duty at a structure fire.  

According to the NDF, at about 5:04 p.m., Sunday, firefighters were called to a home on Pleasantview Avenue on the report of a structure fire.  

While crews were on scene, firefighter Jeff Armes collapsed. Medical personnel administered CPR and transported Armes to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

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