UPDATE: Click here for Richard Petras’s visitation and funeral plans.
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Fire Lieutenant, Richard A. Petras, has died from coronavirus complications, IAFF Local 93 Union President Francis Lally confirmed to 19 News.
Lally told 19 News that the lieutenant was sick for about a week before he died.
“Brothers, Sisters, Friends, and Citizens of Cleveland,
On behalf of the Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters IAFF Local 93, we are saddened to report the passing of our Brother, Lieutenant Richard A. Petras. Brother Petras died today after 26 years of dedicated service. In the face of this pandemic, Rich never neglected his duty and never backed down. He knew the risks, and he continued to serve - a true hero. Today, Rich succumbed to complications of COVID-19. As we offer our sincere condolences to Rich's family, we ask everyone to join us in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. Rich, you will be missed. Rest easy Brother, we will take it from here.
Born October 18th, 1968 - Last Alarm, August 15th, 2020.”
Back in April, we brought you a story about how Cleveland firefighters were using expired N95 masks. You can read that story below.
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