The Memphis Fire Fighters Association said Tuesday that Tony Caldwell, who had been in intensive care since August, had died.
Memphis, Tennessee – CORRECTION: The original version stated that firefighters were battling COVID-19. This has not been confirmed. We will update if more information arrives.
UPDATE 7/9/2021 – The Memphis Fire Fighters Association said on Tuesday that a firefighter who had been in intensive care since at least August 23 has died.
The association did not say when Tony Caldwell, a 17-year-old MFD veteran, died or the cause of death. He was one of two firefighters that the Memphis Fire Fighters Association said in August were in intensive care.
In a statement posted on FacebookMemphis Fire Chief Gina Sweat said: “Words cannot express the pain and sadness we feel over the untimely death of one of our own, Driver Tony J. Caldwell, a dedicated member of this service for over 17 years. Known for his love for his family, his work and his sports, Tony will be remembered as a wonderful person who was always there for anyone who needed him. We extend our sincere condolences and hope that God, in his infinite wisdom, will comfort the hearts of his beloved family, friends and the brothers and sisters of the Memphis firefighters. “
8/23/2021 – We have learned that two members of the Memphis Fire Department are currently hospitalized in intensive care.
On the Facebook page of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association 1784 on Sunday there was this post:
“We continue to pray for two of our members who are currently in intensive care.
Alex Alfaro is a five-year MFD veteran and Tony Caldwell is a seventeen-year MFD veteran. “
There is also GoFundMe page for Alfaro, who says he is expecting a child in September.
It is not entirely clear where the firefighters were hospitalized and the president of MFFA 1784 had no further information on Monday morning.