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Riverside First Church
State Pennsylvania
Campaigns "Death Toll"
"There's lights on in that church!"
"It's been an hour. Been an hour. Must be immune. That's right, must be immune. No. I have to be immune."
Church Guy

Riverside First Church is the local Riverside church, which is found on the way of Survivors in the "Death Toll" campaign in Left 4 Dead.


This small place of worship was evidently constructed in the 19th century and continues to serve a Christian congregation drawn from the citizens of Riverside. Architecturally, it features a wooden construction by using a classic "American schoolhouse" design.

The nave is somewhat small and would accept no more than 20 or perhaps 30 worshipers at a devotional service. A number of pews are in evidence, now upended and blocked in place as window barricades. The church features a miniature apse, chancel, choir stall and an antique upright piano. A small presbytery occupies the space underneath the church's square-plan bell tower and contains two electronic audio amplifiers. This domain was converted into a safe room with weapons and supplies located in a second room overhead in the bell tower accessed via a built-in ladder.

At the rear of the church, a vestibule containing the parish office opens out to a fairly extensive graveyard that appears to reflect two phases of expansion or burials of deceased from differing denominations. One site is located immediately adjacent to the church while another exists lower down the hill and features a gateway opening onto the Riverside access road and a sexton's shed. This cemetery contains approximately 80 graves, making it a relatively small one. The absence of family or conjoint (husband and wife) graves indicates the possibility that it's occupants were sole survivors of the church's early or founding congregations, perhaps co-dating to the establishment of Riverside itself.

Current Status[]

CEDA converted Riverside First Church into an evacuation center shortly after the Infection spread. After the military authorities retreated to Riverside, they barricaded and blew up the town's access routes and fortified selected key points in an effort to protect inhabitants, evacuees, refugees and their personnel from the Infection. On account of it dominating the town's high ground, the church was made into a defensive position fortified with sandbags and razor wire. It is apparent that, once the town's defenses are erected, the church also served as a primary access portal for stragglers and small groups of refugees who would have been directed up to the church through the graveyard from the blocked off main road. Numerous evacuees traveling this route took the opportunity to pause and write the names and dates of the deaths of loved ones on one of the church walls. Unfortunately, Bill is correct in surmising that all of the physical barriers in the world would not be enough since all it took was one infected person to bring the contagion into Riverside.

By the time the Survivors arrived, Riverside is completely overrun with Infected and all surviving military personnel and civilians had fled. An exception is the Church Guy who stayed behind in the church's safe room. Evidently, the stress, mounting despair and cabin-fever loneliness began to work on his mind and in a moment of weakness, he opened the door to an infected refugee who attacked him, leaving him in an even more mentally unhinged state. He consequently spurns the Survivors' entreaties, threats and assurances and refuses them entry to the safe room even going so far as to ring the church bell to attract a horde of Infected so it will free him from these troublesome interlopers. Since he says that he was bitten by his infected guest, the Church Guy ultimately mutates into a Special Infected.


CEDA's list of evacuation centers

  • CEDA refers to Valley Church as the Riverside First Church during the evacuation of Whitney County and the city of Fairfield (as it was seen in the CEDA posters).
  • One of the last remaining survivors of Riverside was probably the Church Guy who finally succumbed to the Infection.
  • The Church's address is 27 Tan Boulevard as it was seen on the CEDA evacuation center poster.
  • This is the only safe room to have someone else in it other than the Survivors who was alive (even if for a short moment).
  • The bright light seen in the "Crash Course" campaign is the light of the searchlight on the roof of the church.
  • The church is either Catholic, Anglican or Lutheran since the church appears to have been internally decorated.


Locations in Left 4 Dead
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No Mercy Crash Course Death Toll Dead Air Blood Harvest The Sacrifice The Last Stand
Fairfield Whitney County Riverside Tunnel Newburg Allegheny National Forest Rayford Lighthouse
Holly Street Whitney County Bridge Riverside Greenhouse Richardson Atlantic Brick Factory
Holly Street Subway Station The Truck Depot Riverside First Church Harbor View Hotel Daughtery Farm The Barge
Pawn Shop Riverside Main Street Construction Site Rayford Port
Pump 'N' Run Gas Riverside Park Metro International Airport
Mercy Hospital