A beloved western Pa. paramedic died from COVID-19 last week and his death is considered a ‘line of duty” death, TribLive reports.
William J. “Bill” Sekora, 63, died Friday from the coronavirus, the outlet reported. He was a member of Jeannette EMS for 31 years.
Sekora’s death has been declared by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Services to have occurred “in the line of duty.”
Jeannette EMS Director Randy Highlands said it is believed Sekora contracted the virus while working, TribLive reported. It was his efforts, after consulting with Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha, that helped confirm the designation for Sekora.
Sekora was sick for a few weeks before he died, Highlands told TribLive.
“It’s certainly a deserving honor. He’s always had his hands involved in public safety… looking out for the safety of others,” Highlands told the outlet.
Bacha called Sekora a “household name in the emergency services field” for the county, having worked as many years as he did as a first responder, TribLive reported.
Sekora was the first COVID-related death for the department, Highlands told TribLive.
A GoFund Me page was started to help with Sekora’s funeral services.
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