COVID-19: EMS deaths

Tracking the coronavirus-related deaths of EMTs and paramedics


As COVID-19 continues to spread around the country, the first responders on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable of contracting the virus. As was feared, the death toll now includes a growing number of EMS personnel.

What follows is a compilation of the reports, by state, of EMS personnel who have died of coronavirus-related complications. For cities with multiple diagnoses, the links are ordered chronologically, with the top being the most recent.

Note: Not all of these deaths have been confirmed as line-of-duty deaths. Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder shared an update from the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program as to how COVID-19 deaths will be classified.

Colorado

Denver — Colo. paramedic, Paul Cary, 66, dies from COVID-19

Michigan

Huron Township — Mich. paramedic and former fire Lt., Paul Novicki, 51, dies from COVID-19

Mississippi

Natchez — Miss. AMR paramedic, David Martin, dies from COVID-19 complications

Missouri

Kansas City — Mo. EMT, Billy Birmingham, dies from COVID-19

NEW JERSEY 

Passaic — City of Passaic firefighter-EMT, Israel Tolentino, 33, has died from COVID-19

Hackensack — Past Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps captain and life member, Reuven Maroth, dies from COVID-19

Newark — EMT Liana Sá, of Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation and Watchung Rescue Squad, dies from COVID-19

Pompton Lakes — North Bergen and Saint Clare's Hospital EMT Kevin Leiva, 24, dies from COVID-19 complications

Bergen County — Physician and NJSEA EMS member, Dr. Frank Molinari, has died from COVID-19

Monmouth County — NJ firefighter-EMT, Robert Weber, dies from COVID-19 complications

West Orange — RWJBarnabas Health EMS educator, Robert Tarrant, has died from COVID-19

Elizabeth — Trinitas Regional Medical Center EMT, Solomon Donald, dies from COVID-19

Chatham — Atlantic Health EMS educator, former Chatham police captain, Bill Nauta, 72, dies from COVID-19

Morristown — Atlantic Mobile Health EMT, Scott Geiger, dies due to COVID-19 complications

Bergen County — Firefighter, EMS instructor and NJSEA EMT, John Ferrarella, dies from COVID-19 

Woodbridge — NJ volunteer EMS chief, John Careccia, 74, dies from COVID-19

Bergen County — NJ EMT, former fire chief, David Pinto, 70, dies from COVID-19 complications

NEW YORK

New York City — FDNY ambulance mechanic, James Villecco, 55, dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT and 9/11 responder, Gregory Hodge, 59, dies from COVID-19

New York City — NYU Langone Hospital paramedic, former FDNY EMS member, Tony Thomas, dies from COVID-19

Valley Stream — LODD: NY firefighter-EMT and 9/11 responder, Mike Field, dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT, John Redd, 63, dies due to COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT, Idris Bey, 60, dies due to COVID-19

New York City — FDNY EMT, 30-year EMS veteran, Richard Seaberry, 63, dies due to COVID-19

Blooming Grove — NY ambulance volunteer, Sal Mancuso, 66, dies from COVID-19

Pennsylvania

Delaware County — Pa. first responders, healthcare professionals mourn paramedic, Kevin Bundy, who died from COVID-19

Robesonia — Pa. assistant fire chief and EMT, Robert Zerman, 49, dies from COVID-19

Lehigh County — Pa. FF-EMT, Jeremy Emerich, 40, dies from COVID-19 weeks after brother

South Carolina

Piedmont — SC EMT, John Paul "JP" Granger, 22, dies from COVID-19

Note: It is our intent to maintain an accurate and up-to-date directory. If we have not included an EMS professional, first please accept our apology and condolences. Second, please send us their name and a link to a news report, department press release or obituary so we can include them and link to additional information. Thank you.

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