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Former firefighter and Navy veteran is Milwaukee’s first coronavirus related death

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The city of Milwaukee reported it’s first death related to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this week, and the victim happened to be a former first responder and Navy veteran.

According to WTMJ, 66-year-old Lawrence Riley battled the virus for about a week before he succumbed to its deadly effects.

He leaves behind a wife, six kids, and eight grandchildren.

Riley served in the Navy during Vietnam and then became a firefighter for the city for 12 years.

His family is now mourning his loss in quarantine.

“He was everybody’s brother, he was everybody’s dad, everybody’s uncle,” Elvaughn said. “He was amazing, my dad was truly one of a kind.”

The family said Riley had underlying health issues, but are unsure how he contracted the virus.

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