Los Angeles, California–Los Angeles Fire Department Captain George Roque has passed from Covid-19 and is the second person within LAFD to die from the virus. Roque is a 22-year veteran of the LAFD and was currently at Station 97 in Studio City.
Chief Ralph M. Terrazas issued the following statement on Roque’s passing.
“It is with a heavy heart on this first day of the new year that we announce the death of LAFD Captain I George Roque, who passed away earlier today at an area hospital from complications of COVID-19. Captain Roque was a 22-year LAFD veteran assigned to Fire Station 97 in the Laurel Canyon/Mulholland area of the City. He was 57 years old and is survived by his wife and four children.
He is the second LAFD member to succumb to complications from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Firefighter/Paramedic Jose Perez passed away in July 2020.
On behalf of the men and women of the LAFD, I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Roque family and his friends and colleagues throughout the Department.”
Los Angeles is now the epicenter of the coronavirus, according to health officials, with someone dying from Covid-19 every 10 minutes. ICU’s are reportedly over capacity as military personnel have been called in to assist with the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 7,000 people are currently hospitalized in Los Angeles County hospitals with a reported 10,000 deaths.
The coronavirus vaccine has also arrived in Los Angeles County, Nurses at Kaiser Hospital in Hollywood were among the first to receive the vaccine, which is not yet widely available. Healthcare and frontline workers as well as elderly patients in facilities, will be the first to receive the vaccine.