Detroit Fire Captain Dies from COVID-19

April 9, 2020
Detroit Fire Capt. Franklin Williams, a father of seven and 31-year department veteran, reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack as doctors attempted to put him on a ventilator.

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A captain with the Detroit Fire Department has died from complications related to COVID-19.

The Detroit Fire Fighters Association announced on Wednesday night the line-of-duty death of Capt. Franklin Williams, who served for over 31 years with the department and had tested positive for the coronavirus late last month.

WDIV News in Detroit is reporting that Capt. Williams suffered a fatal heart attack as doctors were attempting to connect him to a ventilator. Williams appears to be the first serious case of COVID-19 to hit a department that has had at least 50 members test positive for the virus.

Williams leaves behind a wife and seven children, according to WDIV.

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