Two Colleagues from NC Department Die from COVID-19

An Oak City ambulance.
Photo/Oak City Fire-EMS Department

Two firefighters from the Oak City (NC) Fire and Rescue Department have passed away after contracting the coronavirus.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that Lieutenant Willie Bunch, 57, and Firefighter/EMT William Stalls, 68, contracted COVID-19 while on duty at the fire station. Lieutenant Bunch passed away from the virus on Monday, August 16, while Firefighter/EMT Stalls passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021 from the virus.

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