Affton, MO, Fire Protection District Captain Found Unresponsive in Station, Dies

July 10, 2024
Capt. James 'Jim' Cova, 54, a 23-year veteran, had handled several emergencies throughout his shift.

A Missouri fire officer was found unresponsive in his station Tuesday.

Affton Fire Protection District Capt. James 'Jim' Cova, 54, had responded to a number of emergencies during his shift.

He was a 23 year veteran of the department.

"Captain Cova was a true hero, committed to serving our community and his family. His loss is felt deeply by all of us," Interim Fire Chief Aaron Rhodes wrote in a statement posted on the department's Facebook page. 

Arrangements are pending.

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