Fla. paramedic dies from COVID-19

Volusia County EMS Paramedic Gerald "Jerry" Jones, 51, was a 21-year department veteran and put up a "courageous battle" with the illness, officials said


By Laura French

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida paramedic has died after a "courageous battle" with COVID-19, officials announced Sunday. 

Volusia County EMS Paramedic Gerald "Jerry" Jones, 51, had served the county for 21 years and "held a presence that brought smiles to his coworkers and comfort to his patients day after day," Volusia County EMS IAEP Local 77 said in a statement. 

 

We are incredibly saddened to report that Volusia County EMS Paramedic Gerald "Jerry" Jones has passed away after a...

Posted by Volusia County EMS - IAEP Local 77 on Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Volusia Ambulance Association set up an online fundraiser last week to support Jones' family during his illness. The fundraiser description stated that Jerry was a Navy veteran who served during Desert Storm and that his entire family was "fighting for their lives with COVID19." 

Jones' sister Shyla Pennington, a teacher's assistant for the Volusia County School District, died from COVID-19 on Saturday, one day before her brother, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Jones is survived by his wife Emily and his son Joshua.

 

It is with deep regret that VCEMS Director Jason Brady announces the passing of Paramedic Gerald Jones of Volusia County...

Posted by Volusia County EMS on Sunday, September 20, 2020

 

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