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Local firefighter dies from complications of COVID-19

Tyrone Bell, a firefighter with the Verde Valley Fire District, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, from COVID-19 complications. He had been a firefighter with VVFD for four years. (VVFD/Courtesy)

Tyrone Bell, a firefighter with the Verde Valley Fire District, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, from COVID-19 complications. He had been a firefighter with VVFD for four years. (VVFD/Courtesy)

COTTONWOOD – The Verde Valley Fire District announced the COVID-19 related death of firefighter Tyrone Bell late Monday night.

He was 35.

“It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we announce the Line of Duty Death of Verde Valley Firefighter and Paramedic Tyrone Bell,” VVFD Chief Danny Johnson said in a statement. “Tyrone passed away this afternoon from complications of COVID-19.”

Details about services for the firefighter will be released in the following days, Johnson said.

“To know Tyrone was to love him,” the chief said in a statement. “His passing will leave a huge void here at Verde Valley Fire District.”

Bell was a firefighter with the VVFD for four years. He began his career working for Verde Valley Ambulance Co. and was also a past reserve firefighter for the Clarkdale and VVFD before being hired full time.

For more information on this story, watch The Verde Independent and VerdeNews.com.

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