UPDATE: Unified firefighter who died of COVID-19 identified

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UPDATE: 10/31/2021 8:10 p.m.

SANDY, Utah (ABC4)- United Fire identified the firefighter who passed away from COVID-19.

In a statement from the fire department’s Twitter page, United Fire Captain Merrill Bone died after complications from COVID-19.

“Although you may be gone you will never be forgotten,” the department said in its tweet.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/31/2021 7:34 p.m.

SANDY, Utah (ABC4) – The firefighter community is mourning the loss of one of their own after Unified Fire announced the passing of a firefighter due to COVID-19.

“This evening, we suffered the loss of one of our active-duty firefighters. He was a 36-year veteran of the fire service and passed away due to complications of COVID-19,” said in a post by UFA.

“His passing is being treated as a line of duty death and a procession of fire apparatus will be moving him from the hospital to the mortuary this evening. More details will be released in the coming days and we ask for patience as his family and our department grieve his passing.”

ABC4 has a team headed to Sandy this evening and will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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