A retired medic with the Aurora Fire Department has died in New York of COVID-19.
Paul Cary, 66, a paramedic with Ambulnz who volunteered for assignment to New York, died in the line of duty, said Stan Vashovsky, CEO of the ambulance services provider, in a statement.
Cary had served with Aurora Fire Rescue for 32 years, said Sherri-Jo Stowell, a fire department spokeswoman.
“Paul’s career is best defined by his kindness and service to others during his time as a paramedic … and before that as a Firefighter/Paramedic” in Aurora, the Ambulnz statement said.
“The Ambulnz family is devastated by the loss,” Vashovsky said. “Paul made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and will forever be remembered as extremely dependable and completely devoted to his work.”
Cary had been in ICU on a ventilator at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx when he died.
“I mourn the passing of Paul Cary along with our AFR family. I did not have the honor to serve along with him, as he retired before my arrival in 2017, but I can assure you that his sacrifice and service will not be soon forgotten and his family is in my thoughts and prayers,” said Aurora Fire Chief Fernando Gray.
Cary is survived by two sons and four grandchildren. His family has requested privacy during their time of grief.
Details on a memorial service are forthcoming.
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