LODD: Chicago firefighter-EMT dies of COVID-19 – the department’s 4th virus victim
Firefighter-EMT Michael Pickering had been with the department since 2003
Duty Death: Michael Pickering - [Chicago, Illinois]
End of Service: 10/08/2021
By Janelle Foskett
CHICAGO — Chicago Firefighter-EMT Michael Pickering died from COVID-19 on Friday.
Pickering, 45, joined the department in 2003 and was assigned to Engine 29 in Bridgeport at the time of his passing.
ABC7 reported that Pickering got sick a few weeks ago and was eventually hospitalized and placed on a respirator.
The Chicago Fire Department asks that everyone keep Firefighter Michael Pickering, his colleagues, and especially his family in their prayers. pic.twitter.com/DzZ2y91a2z— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) October 8, 2021
Pickering is the fourth member of the Chicago Fire Department to die from COVID-19:
- Firefighter Mario Araujo died from the virus on April 7, 2020.
- Firefighter Edward Singleton died on April 14, 2020.
- Paramedic Robert Truevillian died from the virus on Dec. 17, 2020.
See the full list of firefighters who have died from COVID-19 here.