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FDNY fire protection inspector dies from COVID-19

FDNY Supervising Fire Protection Inspector Edward Mungin, 56, served with the department for eight years and helped to open shelters for vulnerable residents

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By Laura French

NEW YORK — A fire protection inspector at the FDNY who assisted in opening shelters for vulnerable New York City residents has died from COVID-19.

FDNY Supervising Fire Protection Inspector Edward Mungin, 56, died last week after serving with the department for eight years, according to an FDNY statement.

Mungin worked in the Bureau of Fire Prevention supervising inspectors assigned to the department’s Shelter Task Force and Three Quarter Housing Task Force. He also assisted the Health Task Force and oversaw field assessments for new and renovated buildings selected to open as city shelters.

“Fire Inspectors like Edward Mungin work tirelessly to prevent fires and other hazardous conditions, and his efforts in particular protected many of our most vulnerable New Yorkers,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. “COVID-19 continues to take the lives of far too many, including those brave men and women who dedicated their lives to serving our Department and protecting this great city.”

Mungin is survived by his wife Patricia and their two children.

The FDNY also recently mourned the loss of civilian staff member Kellie Childs, 54, who died due to COVID-19 last week. Childs had been with the department for 32 years and was the director of the cashiers’ unit at the FDNY’s Bureau of Revenue Management, supervising the collection of payments for fire prevention licenses and certifications.

FDNY Auto Mechanic James Villecco, Deputy Chief Inspector Syed Rahman and EMT Gregory Hodge have also died from the virus.