Captain Rocha’s death marks the second Line of Duty Death of a KCFD first responder from COVID-19. KCFD EMT Billy Birmingham lost his battle with COVID-19 in April. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
Jacques said another Firefighter also tested positive around the same time and has been quarantining. The fFrefighters are two of several members of the Attleboro Fire Department to contract the virus in recent months. Back in September, Mayor Paul Heroux said nine firefighters and two dispatchers tested positive.
In response to the accusation, Mayor Heroux said he’s not denying anyone benefits, and the reasoning behind the denial of the status is that there is no evidence that the Firefighter contracted COVID-19 while on duty. Mayor Heroux said COVID-19 is not listed as a presumptive communicable disease in the contract, and the state hasn’t passed legislation that would classify it as presumptive.
“The reason that the state has not passed it is because this virus is far too widespread to assume that people can only catch it at work,” Heroux said. “There is no reason for us to assume that this firefighter caught this at work without any evidence.”