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N.C. FF-engineer, 30, dies of COVID-19

J.R. Bullock tested positive for COVID-19 after fighting a fire with the Tarboro Fire Department on Dec. 18


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By Leila Merrill

TARBORO, N.C. — Firefighter-Engineer J.R. Bullock died Sunday night, the Rocky Mountain Telegram reported.

Bullock, 30, tested positive for COVID-19 after fighting a fire on Dec. 18 and later that month was hospitalized with respiratory distress.

Before joining the Tarboro Fire Department, Bullock served as a volunteer with the Heartsease Volunteer Fire Department. He was with TFD for nine years.

Bullock is survived by his wife, three children and other family members.

“We too will mourn with his family and our community. He leaves many memories to be cherished and shared. May he rest in peace and his family be provided comfort in the days to come,” the department stated in a Facebook post.