EOW: Sept. 2, 2021 | Cause: COVID-19
Age: 62 Tour: 40 years Badge: N/A
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While on duty, Driver/Engineer David Leos contracted COVID-19 while responding to numerous emergency medical calls. He passed away from the virus on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. The “engine driver” was remembered as a prankster who loved his family, the outdoors and cooking. “David enjoyed cooking for the ‘bubbas’ and loved those he worked with,” Dallas Fire-Rescue Chaplain Elaine Maddox said. “He will be remembered as an excellent driver along with his calm, easy-going demeanor.”
Leos, loved ones said, was strong in his faith and service to others.
“He was the epitome of what a first responder should be,” DFR Chief Dominique Artis said. “He had a passion about this job and what it meant to be a first responder. How to respond to folks. How to love your brothers and sisters no matter what.”
The father of eight survived a battle with Leukemia six years ago.
“After he almost passed of cancer, I’ve never seen anybody who had faith as strong as this man,” friend and firefighter Tracy Landess said. But it was his battle with COVID-19 that proved too much.
Leos contracted the virus in mid-July, according to his family. Colleagues and loved ones gathered to pray outside Parkland Hospital last week. The 62-year-old died the following day. His beloved wife Darlene was by his side. His passing has left a department grieving but grateful for its friend and mentor.
Because of the generosity of those who’ve chosen to Become An Ally, FRBA was able to provide financial relief to the Leos family, in the midst of their darkest moment.
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