The Houston Fire Department announced on Monday that Gerado “Jerry” Pacheco, a firefighter paramedic, passed away after battling the virus. He was 50.
Pacheco’s son Justin is also a firefighter with the department, according to the statement.
Pacheco joined the department in January 2004 and most recently had been assigned to the Kingwood area in northeast Houston, according to the department.
Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, the union that represents the city’s firefighters, also mourned the loss of their friend.
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Monday that the city would issue fines and citations to people not wearing masks.