Greater Kansas City Firefighters report third member lost to COVID-19

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just a day after the loss of a firefighter to COVID-19 was reported, the Kansas City Fire Department is mourning the passing of a paramedic to COVID-19. Scott Davidson is the third person in KCFD to die from the virus in 2020, he passed away early Sunday morning.

Greater Kansas City Firefighters say that Davidson contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty. He was 45 years old and served the department for 18 years.

“Scott was a calming voice that answered the call and ensured help was coming when our residents called the fire department for assistance.  Unfortunately, he succumbed to this deadly virus. His passing too is a personal loss to all of us who knew him and called him friend. My heart goes out to his family,” Kansas City Fire Chief Donna Lake said.

“KCFD, like all other first response agencies, once again is on the frontlines of significant danger that is attacking our community and we will continue to step up and respond to the threat of this pandemic. My request today is the same as yesterday, follow the guidance to protect yourself and your family from this pandemic. By doing so, you help lessen our risk as first responders.”

The union says that in addition to his work as a paramedic, he was also part of the communications division. His service to the city included working with Municipal Ambulance Service Trust (MAST).

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas made this statement:

KCFD Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha was also lost in the line of duty, his death was announced Saturday. Earlier this year in April, EMT Billy Birmingham died from the virus.

Davidson’s death is the fourth suffered by a city worker. In addition to him, Rocha and Birmingham, Kansas City Water employee TJ Morales was lost to the virus.

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