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Detroit Fire Captain Dies of Coronavirus Complications

A veteran Detroit firefighter has passed away because of coronavirus complications, according to reports.

According to WXYZ, Capt. Franklin Williams, 58,  passed away after being exposed to COVID-19 while on duty.

The report said Williams with the department for 32 years and leaves behind a wife and seven children. He is the first coronavirus death for the department, according to Rudy Harper of WXYZ.

Per the U.S. Fire Administration report, while on duty on March 22, Fire Captain Franklin Williams contracted COVID-19 from working with another firefighter who had subsequently tested positive for the virus. 

Although many firefighters around the nation have contracted or been exposed to the virus and returned to duty, there have been several fatalities. Yesterday, Chicago reported the death of a firefighter from COVID-19 complications, and a Pennsylvania assistant chief also died as a result of complications from the coronavirus.