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Memorial service held for 2nd Houston firefighter to die after contracting COVID-19

Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña shared a tweet that said Houston firefighter paramedic Jerry Pacheco, 50, died from complications of COVID-19 on Monday morning.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña shared a tweet that said Houston firefighter paramedic Jerry Pacheco, 50, died from complications of COVID-19 on Monday morning. (Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association)

A memorial service was held Saturday for firefighter Jerry Pacheco, the second Houston firefighter to die after contracting COVID-19.

Pacheco, 50, died from complications related to COVID-19 on Monday morning.

Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña said Pacheco was a 17-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department. He was assigned to station 101 in Kingwood.

“Please keep the family, friends and station crew of Jerry Pacheco in your thoughts and prayers,” said Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Patrick M. Lancton. “Jerry leaves behind a loving family, including a son in the Houston Fire Department, many friends and a long list of Houston firefighters who respected and enjoyed serving with him. We mourn the loss of our friend. His tragic death is another reminder to be vigilant in our efforts to keep our families, friends and station crews safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pacheco leaves behind two sons, one of whom is a Houston firefighter.

The memorial service for Pacheco took place at First Baptist Church. His death was classified as a line-of-duty death by the HFD.

The service for Pacheco was one of two held Saturday for Houston-area first responders who died after contracting COVID-19. A celebration of life service is being held Saturday for Harris County Constable Precinct 5 Deputy Mark Brown.

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View the service in its entirety here.