Athens Firefighter Loses Life in Line of Duty

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 is saddened to report the passing of Nelsonville Ohio senior firefighter Jeff Armes, who died in the line of duty at the scene of a structure fire Sunday, May 2, 2021.

A member of AFSCME Local 2845B, Armes, 38, of Nelsonville, collapsed while actively fighting a fire. 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.

He had worked as a fireman for the Nelsonville Fire Department since 2011 and was a longtime volunteer for the Starr Township, Hocking County, Ohio fire department.

Jeffrey is survived by his parents, loving wife, Lezlee Renee and children, Ayden and Teylar Armes.

“Jeffery will be greatly missed by our union family,” said AFSCME Ohio Council 8 President R. Sean Grayson. “We offer his friends and family our sincere condolences.”

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