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Ill. firefighter-paramedic dies months after special escort home in ambulance

Frank Nunez went home from the hospital with his fiancé and their dog in September

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By Leila Merrill

CHICAGO — A Chicago-area firefighter-paramedic who received an emotional escort home from a hospital with his fiancé and their dog last year has died.

Itasca Firefighter-Paramedic Frank Nunez battled cancer for several weeks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital before being discharged to return home with his family. The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois announced the news of his death Sunday afternoon.

Nunez, accompanied by his loved ones, rode in an ambulance for the last time on Sept. 27. Area firefighters saluted him as he was wheeled out of the hospital to the ambulance.

Nunez began his firefighting career in 2014. Colleagues described him as “admired,” “a warrior” and “an incredible human,” WLS reported Monday.