Local firefighter who died from COVID-19 complications honored with funeral procession

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

WASHINGTON TWP. — Community members, area fire departments and law enforcement agencies gathered today to honor a Washington Twp. firefighter who died last week of complications due to the coronavirus.

The family of Lt. Jeff Guernsey invited the public to view the procession following the private funeral service, according to the township.

Guernsey died Dec. 3 at age 52.

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Lt. Jeff Guernsey died last week. FILE
Lt. Jeff Guernsey died last week. FILE

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Credit: FILE

Peggy Flory of Centerville was among those who came out to pay their respects to Guernsey and his family.

“I’m glad that people did come out to show their respect, there’s different fire department here from all over,” she said. “It’s really sad. My husband was on the Washington Twp. Fire Department and this could’ve been him.”

Flory, whose husband with with the lieutenant, said she hopes that everyone realizes the importance of wearing a face mask and taking safety precautions to prevent spreading coronavirus.

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The procession began around 11:15 a.m. at Fairhaven Church on East Whipp Road in Centerville and was escorted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies. It also included Engine 42, the vehicle representing where Guernsey was stationed, as well as additional fire apparatus and family and friends who were invited to the private funeral service.


Guernsey started his career in 1990 with the Washington Twp. Fire Department, which provides EMS and fire protection to the township and city of Centerville. Before that he served in the U.S. Navy.

Social distancing and masks were required at all times along the procession route out of respect for the family’s request, according to the township.

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