Black Mountain firefighter Garrett Presnell dies from COVID-19


Garrett Presnell

A firefighter with the Town of Black Mountain has died after contracting COVID-19, officials said.

Garrett Presnell, 28, died of complications of the disease, according to statements from several firefighting organizations and Buncombe County officials who observed a moment of silence during an Aug. 31 morning meeting.

“I wanted to share some sad information,” county Board of Commissioners Chair Brownie Newman said, adding Presnell was also a member of Task Force 2, which conducted water rescues during Tropical Storm Fred. “Garrett Presnell was born on April 6, 1993,” Newman said. “He is survived by his wife, Kelsey.”

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While Newman said Presnell’s death happened “in the line of duty,” Black Mountain Town Manager Josh Harrold said an investigation was underway and the infection at this point did not appear to be job-related. Newman later said he was working from information he had been presented minutes before the meeting and that Harrold had the best information. Harrold said Presnell died “last night,” though it may have technically been Aug. 31 because it might have been after midnight.

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