COVID death of veteran Jeannette EMS paramedic declared to be in 'line of duty'

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  • Published: 10/14/2021 12:00 AM

First responders said longtime Jeannette EMS paramedic William J. “Bill” Sekora was the answer man — the person first responder veterans and newcomers alike usually went to with their questions. “And almost always, Bill did have the answer,” said Randy Highlands, operations director of Jeannette EMS. “He’s definitely going to be missed.” Sekora, 63, died Friday after contracting COVID-19. His death has been declared to have occurred in the line of duty by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Emergency Services. On Wednesday, Sekora’s fellow EMTs and paramedics draped the ambulance station at 225 S. 6th St. with black mourning bunting to honor Sekora’s service, which spanned four decades. The Penn Township resident had worked since the late 1970s as a paramedic in the area, including the last 31 years at Jeannette EMS.


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