Fla. FF-medic dies after month-long battle with COVID-19

Melbourne Fire Department Driver Engineer-Paramedic Scott Allender contracted the virus in early July


By Rachel Engel

MELBOURNE, Fla. — A firefighter died this week after a month-long battle with COVID-19.

Melbourne Fire Department Driver Engineer-Paramedic Scott Allender contracted the virus in early July and died on Tuesday after fighting the virus for a month.

“Scott was instrumental in training many of the department’s newer paramedics,” a statement by the MFD read. “His personnel file is full of letters and recognition for his services to the community.”

Allender, a 22-year fire service veteran, is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

“Scott Allender was an important and vibrant member of the Melbourne Fire Department and will be dearly missed by all who knew him,” Melbourne Fire Chief Chuck Bogle said. “Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Allender family.”

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