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Monday, 30 March 2020

FDNY mechanic, an ‘unsung hero’ who kept ambulances running, dies of coronavirus

The FDNY is mourning the loss of auto mechanic James Villecco, 55, who died Sunday from COVID-19.
The FDNY is mourning the loss of auto mechanic James Villecco, 55, who died Sunday from COVID-19.(FDNY)

An ambulance mechanic and U.S. Army veteran on Sunday became the first FDNY member to die of coronavirus.

James Villecco, 55, a Staten Island resident, was hailed as an “unsung hero."

"This is the kind of unsung hero who doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters. "This is the kind of man who keeps us safe because he kept the ambulances in good repair so they could get there to help all of us.”

Villecco joined FDNY fleet services in 2014, and worked at the FDNY’s Coney Island repair facility and later, the department’s ambulance repair shop on Review Ave. in Long Island City.

“James Villecco was one of those truly unsung heroes in our Department whose outstanding work provided medical care for the people of our city," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. "The entire Department mourns his loss.”

Villecco is survived by his wife, Joy, and daughter, Jessica.

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