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Hero paramedic dies of Covid-19 after he traveled to NYC to combat pandemic

A paramedic tragically died of Covid-19 after he traveled over 1,800 miles in an ambulance to help combat the outbreak in New York City.

Paul Cary, 66, died at the Montefiore Medical Center on the Bronx on Thursday. Cary, a retired firefighter and skilled paramedic from Aurora, Colorado, had been assisting emergency workers in the hotspot for weeks before succumbing to the virus.

He reportedly arrived in New York in late March after authorities issued an emergency alert about the outbreak and said they were ‘Seeking licensed heath care workers’ to help pitch in during the crisis.

Cary, who had been working for ambulance service provider Ambulnz, was ‘adamant’ about joining the front lines in the battle against the outbreak in New York, the company told

‘He actually already had signed up for a second deployment before his death. This is where he wanted (and demanded) to be,’ an Ambulnz spokesperson said.

Cary reportedly began showing symptoms of Covid-19 on April 20 and was admitted to the Bronx medical center the following day. While at the hospital, Cary’s condition worsened and he was put on a ventilator before he died.

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On Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio honored Cary’s sacrifice during his daily Covid-19 press briefing.

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‘He did not have to do it. He made the choice to come here and save lives,’ Mayor de Blasio said.

‘We have lost someone who came to our aid, to our defense and there’s something particularly painful when someone does the right thing — a fellow American comes from across the country to try to help the people of New York City, and while working to save lives here, gives his own life. It’s very painful,’ the mayor continued, adding that the city will create a memorial to honor Cary and other first responders.

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Cary reportedly leaves behind two sons and four grandchildren.

In a statement to The New York Times, Cary’s family said: ‘He risked his own health and safety to protect others and left this world a better place.’

‘We are at peace knowing that Paul did what he loved and what he believed in, right up until the very end.’

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