Posts Tagged Chicago firefighter dies from COVID-19 complications

Chicago Fire Department news

From CFD Media on Twitter:

Acting Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt joined Engine Co. 127, other CFD members, and the Singleton family in ringing the bell to honor fallen Firefighter/EMT Edward Singleton. One year ago on April 14th, COVID-19 took Edward from us but he will never be forgotten.

Thank you Edward Singleton for your service and dedication. Rest in peace.

Thank you Edward Singleton for your service and dedication. Rest in peace.

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Thank you Edward Singleton for your service and dedication. Rest in peace.

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Thank you Edward Singleton for your service and dedication. Rest in peace.

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Fire service news – Services for Paramedic in Charge Robert Truevillian

From Chicago FD Media on Twitter:

Services for Paramedic in Charge Robert Truevillian were held at (Russo Hillside Chapels – 4500 Roosevelt, Hillside, IL). Visitation was on Sunday 12/27 from 3pm to 8pm. Service was on Monday 12/28 @ 11am.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

Excerpts from nbcchicago.com:

Chicago FD Paramedic Robert Truevillian, who joined the department in 2000, died from complications of the Covid-19. He was assigned to ambulance 71, which operates out of the firehouse at 10458 S. Hoxie Ave. in South Deering and is the third active CFD member to die from complications of the coronavirus.

On April 7, Mario Araujo became the first fire department member to die from the virus  and  firefighter Edward Singleton died on April 14

From CFD Media on Twitter:

Chicago FD Paramedic Robert Truevillian died from complications of Covid-19

Chicago FD Paramedic Robert Truevillian

Sadly we announce the death of CFD PIC Robert Truevillian due to COVID-19. He joined the CFD as a Paramedic in December of 2000. He was assigned to Amb 71, 10458 Hoxie. He becomes the third active duty CFD member to die of COVID-19 complications. God be with him. 

Mourning bunting and station flags at half mast at Engine 81 Amb 71. 105 and Hoxie for PIC Robert Truevillian who died from Covid-19.

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Mourning bunting and station flags at half mast at Engine 81 Amb 71. 105 and Hoxie for PIC Robert Truevillian who died from Covid-19.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

Excerpts from ABC7Chicago.com:

A funeral was held Wednesday for Edward Singleton, the second Chicago firefighter to die from coronavirus complications. He passed away April 14 at age 55 and leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

While a traditional funeral service is not possible during these times, immediate family was allowed inside the funeral home while friends and fellow firefighters remained in their parked vehicles outside. A live stream allowed loved ones to join in mourning. Following the service, a procession accompanied Singleton’s hearse to Mt. Hope Cemetery.

As of today, 130 Chicago firefighters have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Both Chicago Fire Department deaths were declared in the line-of-duty, so their families could access additional benefits.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

Excerpts from fox32chicago.com:

 The Chicago Fire Department announced Monday that the families of two Chicago firefighters who died of COVID-19 will receive line-of-duty benefits. The benefits will provide the families of Mario Araujo and Edward Singleton with one-year’s salary and funds for funeral expenses. The department will also assist the families in obtaining other federal, state, and local benefits afforded to members who have died in the line of duty.

“Our current situation is unprecedented in the history of our department and will be addressed accordingly,” Fire Commissioner Richard Ford II said in the statement. “These two members made the ultimate sacrifice to protect those whom they swore an oath to serve. We will not forget our obligation to their families in this time of crisis.”

Any death of a CFD member will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for determination of line-of-duty status, he said.

Singleton, a 33-year veteran of the department, died April 14 from complications of COVID-19. The 55-year-old worked at the firehouse at Midway Airport, and leaves behind a wife and two adult children. One week earlier, Araujo became the first firefighter of the department to die from the coronavirus. Araujo, 47, joined the fire department in October 2003. He was single.

As of Friday evening, 109 members of CFD have tested positive for COVID-19, while 37 of them have already returned to duty. There were 12 members quarantined after being exposed to someone who later tested positive for the disease.

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19 (more)

Excerpts from abc7chicago.com:

A second Chicago firefighter has died from COVID-19. The Chicago Fire Department announced Wednesday that Firefighter Edward Singleton, 55, died Tuesday night. Singleton was assigned to Midway Airport and joined the department in 1987. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

Last Monday, a funeral was held for Mario Araujo, who was the first Chicago firefighter to die from COVID-19 complications.

While new deaths are still being reported, there is also evidence that Chicago is flattening the curve. The mayor and Chicago Public Health Department commissioner spoke in detail about steps, like the stay-at-home order, that have had a positive impact.

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