San Diego FF-medic dies of COVID-19 days before retirement
San Diego FF-medic dies of COVID-19 days before retirement

San Diego FF-medic dies of COVID-19 days before retirement

By Leila Merrill

SAN DIEGO – Firefighter paramedic Nickolas Ramirez died Wednesday from complications of COVID-19, the San Diego Fire Department announced Friday.

He was days away from retiring, It was reported by NBC 7.

Ramirez joined the department in 2003 and was promoted to deputy fire officer in the Community Risk Reduction Division. He was known for his strong work ethic and quick wit, the department said.

“He was a great guy, an excellent firefighter, the kind of guy you could trust to get the job done,” said his friend Mitch Mendler.

“His last shift was supposed to be a few days after he checked into the hospital and never got home,” Mendler said.

“Nick was absolutely crazy about the fire department and was an excellent paramedic. He took his responsibility for patient care very seriously and showed an exceptional work ethic, “reads a Facebook post from the department.

His wife and daughters were with him when he died, the department said.


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