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UPDATE: Fallen firefighter laid to rest in Nelsonville

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 1:56 AM EDT
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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/7/21

Firefighters and community members mourned the loss of Nelsonville Senior Firefighter Jeff Armes on Friday.

Armes, 38, grew up just across county lines in Logan, Ohio, where his funeral was held.

He joined the Nelsonville Division of Fire in 2011.

He died battling a structure fire with the NDF on Sunday, May 2.

After his funeral, a procession took Armes to his final resting place in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nelsonville, where a firefighter’s graveside service was held.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

When he wasn’t spending time with family or working with the fire department, Armes enjoyed volunteering at Wicked Forest Haunted Attractions.

UPDATE: 5/4/21

First responders will honor fallen Nelsonville firefighter Jeff Armes in a funeral procession this Friday, May 7.

A news release said Armes’s funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Logan, Ohio.

Following his funeral, a full procession will head to Greenlawn Cemetery in Nelsonville where a firefighter graveside service will take place.

First responders and the public are invited to the event.

Crews wishing to join the procession in Logan with apparatus should call Logan Fire Chief Brian Robertson at 740-216-0099.

Armes was a senior firefighter in the Nelsonville Division of Fire.

He died Sunday while battling a structure fire with the division.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered all U.S. flags and Ohio flags in Athens County to be flown at half staff until Armes’s funeral.

UPDATE:

Governor Mike DeWine has ordered that flags of the United States and the State of Ohio be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Athens County and at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Cente and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

Flags will stay lowered until sunset on the day of his funeral.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/2/2021 9:38 P.M.

A Nelsonville firefighter has died in the line of duty.

Senior Firefighter Jeff Armes was fighting a fire on Pleasantview Avenue in Nelsonville around 5 p.m. Sunday when he collapsed, Nelsonville Division of Fire officials said.

He was given CPR and advanced life support care right away.

He was then taken to a hospital in Athens where he was pronounced dead.

Nelsonville Fire Chief Harry Barber asked for prayers as his department moves forward.

“This is a day that we have all dreaded in our minds,” said Nelsonville City Manager Scott Frank. “We are keenly aware of the dangers of our public 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.”

Firefighter Jeff Armes
Firefighter Jeff Armes(Nelsonville Division of Fire)

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