The first Los Angeles city firefighter to die from Coronavirus COVID-19 complications is a 44 year-old firefighter, Jose M. Perez, who had been with LAFD for more than 16 years.
Firefighter/paramedic Jose M. Perez, 44, was a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department for more than 16 years when he passed away from complications of COVID-19 on Saturday July 25, 2020 at a Los Angeles area hospital, according to an LAFD statement.
Perez is survived by his wife and three children.
As of Friday July 24, 2020, there have been 145 employees of the Los Angeles Fire Department that have tested positive for the virus. Over 100 have since recovered and returned to duty, while the remaining employees are isolated and recovering at home. LAFD has over 3,200 uniformed personnel and over 330 non-sworn support personnel.
— LACoFD Incident Alerts (@lacfd) July 26, 2020
The first firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department has died due to COVID-19, the agency confirmed. https://t.co/RQhocGpTlz
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 26, 2020
A Los Angeles firefighter died Saturday from complications of COVID-19, the first in the department to die from the disease. https://t.co/99MNbzmfDk
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 26, 2020
Perez was 44 years old and is survived by his wife and three children. https://t.co/mG0jnbEMen
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 26, 2020
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