The families of Chicago firefighters who died of COVID-19 will receive line-of-duty benefits, Chicago Fire Department officials announced Monday.
The families of firefighters Mario Araujo and Edward Singleton will receive one-year’s salary and funds for funeral expenses.
A spokesman says the fire department will also assist the families in obtaining other federal, state and local benefits given families of firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
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"Our current situation is unprecedented in the history of our department and will be addressed accordingly,” Fire Commissioner Richard Ford said in a statement.
Singleton, 55, a 33-year veteran of the department, died April 14 from complications resulting from the coronavirus. He is survived by a wife and two adult children. Mario Araujo, 49, a 17-year department veteran, died April 7. He was single.
As of Friday, 109 members of the Chicago Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19, with 37 having already returned to duty, according to department spokesman Larry Merritt.