California fire chief asks citizens to follow COVID-19 guidelines after personal loss

  • Source: Valley News
  • Published: 08/28/2020 12:00 AM

In a video made by Murrieta Fire & Rescue Chief David Lantzer told citizens there’s a significant urge to wear masks and follow guidelines, after one of his family members died of COVID-19 recently. “The individual I was talking about in the video was my brother-in-law,” Lantzer said. “He got COVID-19.” Lantzer said he was not sure where his brother-in-law picked up the disease, although he knew a few stories about possible interactions with others. “He was down in El Centro Hospital, and they transferred him actually up here to Rancho Springs for further treatment,” Lantzer said. Due to current health orders, they weren’t able to visit, and instead the family made daily phone calls asking how he was doing. “He had been intubated, and they had actually extubated him; they took him off the ventilator,” Lantzer said. “They soon had to put him back on the ventilator, and then it was the next day or so, he passed away.”


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