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NJ firefighter succumbs to coronavirus; officials call it a line-of-duty death

Governor Phil Murphy (Phil Murphy/WikiCommons)

A 33-year-old firefighter has died of complications related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Passaic, New Jersey, leaving behind a wife and two children.

Israel Tolentino joined the Passaic Fire Department less than a year prior to his death, according to the fire chief, who said it’s being considered a line of duty death, according to an report.

The chief of the department, Patrick Trentacost, fought back tears as he announced Tolentino’s death, according to

“By all accounts an incredible guy,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “And somebody who we mourn with his family friends.”

In New York City, the number of FDNY members infected with coronavirus reportedly jumped to 282, as nearly 16.5 percent of FDNY members were out sick on Tuesday.

The NYPD said Tuesday that 1,048 uniformed members and 145 civilian members of the department have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) — which accounts for 15.6% of its workforce.

The latest number of positive tests showed an increase of 263 total members of the NYPD from a day prior, when 930 total individuals within the department tested positive.


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