Pa. FF-medic dies of COVID-19 complications

Michael Lessar "wanted to do what's best for the patients," said Lenny Brown, assistant chief of EMS operations for Royersford FD and Friendship Ambulance

By Leila Merrill

ROYERSFORD, Pa. — Paramedic-firefighter Michael Lessar of the Royersford Fire Department and Friendship Ambulance died of complications from COVID-19 on Dec. 17, the department announced.

A funeral service for Lessar will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4 in Reading.

Lessar joined the department in 2018 as a part-time EMS provider and later transitioned into a full-time role. Before then, Lessar was in the United States Army, served as a paramedic-firefighter with the Reading Fire Department, and was a fire chief in Pottstown, according to WFMZ. Lessar retired as a Reading deputy fire chief in May, the Delco Times reported.

Lessar was known for his ideas and contributions.

"Mike always had new ideas," said Lenny Brown, assistant chief of EMS operations for the Royersford Fire Department. "Mike always looked at things in a very unique way and wanted to do what's best for the patients, always wanted to do what's best for the organization."

“His contributions to RFD and the Spring-Ford community included being a clinically sound practitioner and being the catalyst for many improvements within the EMS Division to increase efficiency during patient care. Please keep Paramedic/Firefighter Lessar’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers,” a statement from the department reads.


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