Family mourns San Antonio medic, Army veteran who died of COVID-19
Paramedic Alex Cardenas, 59, worked for Superior and Apollo Ambulance Services and was a medic in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 20 years
By Laura French
SAN ANTONIO — Family members and colleagues are remembering a San Antonio paramedic and Army veteran who died from COVID-19.
Paramedic Alex Cardenas, 59, of Superior and Apollo Ambulance Services, died July 26 after several weeks in the hospital, according to News 4 San Antonio. He was a medic in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 20 years and was working as a paramedic on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic prior to his death.
Cardenas is survived by his wife Laura, three children, Lisa, Luis and Marco, and two grandchildren, Kieran and Logan.
"I would hope they would remember him as a warrior and as a hero," Lisa Cardenas told News 4 San Antonio.
The siblings said their father was always there for anyone who needed him, loved his job and was highly respected in the community, which has been reflected in the outpouring of support and condolences since his passing.
An online fundraiser for the Cardenas family exceeded its $5,000 goal for funeral costs and medical expenses and raised more than $9.500 in five days.
Apollo Ambulance Service also held a fundraiser Friday to help support the family.
Cardenas' funeral will be held on August 6.