Coronavirus Chicago: Funeral held for CFD firefighter Edward Singleton who died from COVID-19

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Fire Department had to bury another one of their own for the second time in a period of weeks.

A funeral was held Wednesday for one more victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edward Singleton is the second Chicago firefighter to die from coronavirus complications. Singleton passed away April 14 at age 55.

"Eddie would give you the shirt off his back, he was that kind of guy," Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Richard Ford said.

A 32-year veteran of the fire department, Singleton was last stationed at Midway Airport. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

While a traditional funeral service is not possible during these times, only immediate family were allowed inside the funeral home. His friends and fellow firefighters remained in their parked vehicles outside.

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A live stream allowed Singleton's loved ones to join in mourning.

Offering an impassioned eulogy accompanied by a moving gallery of photographs throughout the years, Progressive Baptist Church Pastor Charlie Dates paid tribute to a man gone before his time.

"He fought the good fight, rescuing people from damning conditions, loving one woman, and boy, was he a good father," Dates said.

Following the service, a procession accompanied Singleton's hearse to Mt. Hope Cemetery. As of today, one hundred and thirty Chicago firefighters have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, 136 Chicago Fire Department members have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman.

Chicago firefighter Mario Araujo died a week earlier than Singleton, also from coronavirus complications. He was 49.

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Both deaths were declared in the "line-of-duty," so their families could access additional benefits.
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