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Dallas firefighter dies following ‘long and courageous’ battle with COVID-19

David Leos, a 40-year veteran of Dallas Fire-Rescue, is the first active-duty firefighter from the department to die from the virus


By FireRescue1 Staff

DALLAS — Dallas Firefighter David Leos has died from COVID-19.

The department announced the driver-engineer’s death on Thursday, noting his “long and courageous battle with COVID-19.”

Leos joined the department in 1981 and served for 40 years. He is the first active-duty firefighter in Dallas to die from the virus.

The department’s statement shared: “Leos leaves behind a wife and eight children along with countless other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. This is a tragic loss for our department; especially for his brother, Lieutenant Marty Leos, and son, Lieutenant David Leos, Jr., who have followed admirably in their brother/father’s footsteps. We ask that you keep David’s family, and the department, in your thoughts and prayers and we lean on one another for support during this most challenging time.”

On Wednesday, many Dallas firefighters, including those from Leos’ Fire Station 41, came together for a candlelight vigil.