Phoenix Fire Department says Miguel Angulo is their 1st firefighter to die of COVID-19 – The Arizona Republic

Phoenix firefighter and paramedic Miguel Angulo died after a lengthy battle with COVID-19, Phoenix Fire Department officials said Tuesday. 

Angulo, 42, died Monday after five weeks in the hospital, officials said. 

He spent a total of 15 years with the Phoenix Fire Department, and most of his career was spent working at Station 25 in Maryvale.

Angulo was known around the station for his big personality and even bigger heart, and fellow firefighters could always count on him to provide joy with plenty of laughs, great conversation and fellowship, Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Rob McDade said in a statement. 

The dedicated family man is survived by his six children and partner, according to a Facebook post by Phoenix Fire Historic Station 8. 

Angulo is the first Phoenix firefighter to die from COVID-19 related complications, according to McDade. It was not immediately clear whether he was vaccinated.

“Please keep Miguel and his family in your thoughts during this very difficult time,”  McDade said. 

Funeral services will be announced at a later time.

A number of first responders have also passed away from COVID-19 in the last couple of months, including Bullhead City police Lt. Nick Sessions and Glendale police Officer Lonnie Durham

Police officers and other first responders are among those most hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. No national statistics show the vaccination rate for America’s entire population of first responders, but individual police and fire departments across the country report figures far below the national rate of 74% of adults who have had at least one dose, according to USA TODAY.

On Tuesday, there were 1,982 new COVID-19 cases and 54 related deaths, according to a tweet by the Arizona Department of Health Services. A total of 19,000 Arizonans have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

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