A Houston Fire Department Captain passed away on Monday night after battling COVID-19, according to the Houston Professional Firefighters Association (HPFFA).
Leroy Lucio was a 29-year veteran of HFD and a captain at Station 103 in Kingwood. He is the first Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19, HPFFA said.
According to HPFFA, Lucio's death will be classified as a line-of-duty death.
"We mourn the loss of our friend," HPFFA president Patrick Lancton said. "His tragic death is a reminder to be vigilant in our efforts to keep our families, friends and station crews safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic."
Last week, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena had announced Lucio had been intubated as he battled the virus in the ICU in a San Antonio hospital.
"I want to please ask the community to keep the Lucio family in their thoughts and their prayers," said Pena.
HPFFA also said details of the memorial service for Lucio will be announced as soon as possible.
Lucio's death comes as the city of Houston also announced two public works employees passed away as well.
In a press conference on Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner said that at least 224 municipal employees, not including police or firefighters, have tested positive for the virus. Turner also addressed its effect on city services, saying that trash pickup and street repairs could be impacted or even delayed.
"So I would ask that (you) please be understanding if some delays are taking place in the city," Turner said.
Now, while no fire stations are closed, Chief Pena said 162 firefighters are in quarantine, with 38 testing positive for the virus.
More than five percent of Houston Public Works crews are also in quarantine for being exposed to the virus.