2nd Chicago firefighter dies from complications of COVID-19

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CHICAGO — A second Chicago firefighter has died from complications of COVID-19.

Edward Singleton, 55, passed away Tuesday night, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford confirmed. He joined the department in 1987, and was assigned to Midway Airport.

He is survived by his wife and two adult children. Sources told WGN he was planning to retire in November.

“We don’t need to lose another CFD member to understand the gravity of the circumstances that first responders are currently operating under,” said CFD Commissioner Larry Langford.

Local 2 President Jim Tracy reminded Singleton as a nice man.

“A very nice man, quiet. We have some boisterous,” Tracy said. “He was more the guy who liked to be entertained than clown around.”

Singleton is the second city employee to die from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The other is Will Martin, a plumber with the Water Department.

Earlier this week, firefighter Mario Araujo was laid to rest after passing away from COVID-19 related complications. He was 49 years old and had no known underlying conditions.

He served most of his 17-year career on Truck 25 in Rogers Park.

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