Jeff Armes

Nelsonville senior firefighter Jeff Armes. Photo provided.

Nelsonville senior firefighter, Jeff Armes, collapsed and died at the scene of a structure fire Sunday, the Nelsonville Division of Fire announced in a social media statement.

At approximately 5:04 pm, the Nelsonville Division of Fire was alerted for a structure fire on Pleasantview Avenue, the division noted in a social media post. While on scene and actively fighting a fire, Armes reportedly collapsed. Fellow firefighters and EMS administered CPR and advanced life support care. Armes was transported by Athens County EMS to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens where he was pronounced dead, the division’s statement said. Nelsonville Fire Chief Harry Barber informed the department of the line of duty death.

“Please keep all our firefighters and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this difficult time,” Chief Barber stated in the division’s social media post.

“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,” Scott Frank, Nelsonville City Manager, said in the Nelsonville Division of Fire social media post that announced Armes’ death. “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.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday ordered flags be flown at half-staff at public buildings in Athens County and at the Ohio Statehouse, among other public buildings in Columbus.

Funeral services for Armes will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Roberts Funeral Home, located at 60 W. Hunter St. in Logan. The funeral service will be followed by a procession to Greenlawn Cemetery in Nelsonville. Firefighter graveside services will take place.

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