FDNY Mechanic Dies from Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
James Villecco, a 55-year-old auto mechanic with the FDNY Bureau of Fleet Services since 2014, became the first member of the department to die from the illness.

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An FDNY auto mechanic died from the coronavirus Sunday, the department's first known fatality from the illness.

James Villecco, 55, had been a part of the FDNY Bureau of Fleet Services in 2014, the department said in an online update. He started in the Coney Island repair facility and eventually was assigned to the Review Avenue ambulance repair shop.

"James Villecco was one of those truly unsung heroes in our Department whose outstanding work provided medical care for the people of our city," FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said in a statement. "The entire Department mourns his loss."

Villecco was a six-year U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Joy, and his daughter, Jessica.

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