FDNY EMT who responded to 9/11 dies of coronavirus

John Redd was a 26-year veteran of the FDNY.
John Redd was a 26-year veteran of the FDNY.(FDNY)

John Redd, an FDNY EMT who gave first-aid instruction to panicked 911 callers waiting for an ambulance has died of complications from coronavirus, the FDNY said Tuesday. He was 63.
Redd was a 26-year veteran of the FDNY and took part in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Before his death, he was assigned to FDNY Emergency Medical Dispatch where he worked as an Assignment Receiving Dispatcher. He answered 911 calls and offered pre-arrival first aid instruction, FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
"EMT John Redd was the reassuring voice on the other end of that lifeline, talking to patients in need or families calling to bring badly needed care to a loved one,” Nigro said. “Thousands and thousands of times in his career, EMT Redd quite literally answered the call for help in our city. He was a vital part of our emergency medical response and all of the FDNY mourns his loss.”
The Brooklyn EMT, who had a passion for photography, is survived by his wife Donna. Attempts to reach his family were unsuccessful Tuesday.
He is the second active FDNY EMT to die of coronavirus since the pandemic began. On April 12, EMT Gregory Hodge, 59, died from COVID-19 complications. He too, worked at Ground Zero and since 2016 was a watch commander for the New York City Emergency Management office.
Redd is the sixth active FDNY member to die of coronavirus, officials said.

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