Eric Gore, 48, of Engine 37 in Chestnut Hill, served for 24 years in the department. He is the first Philadelphia firefighter to die from coronavirus-related complications.
Gore’s brother, Lamont, is also a Philadelphia firefighter.
While mourning the loss, Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel also pointed out that the coronavirus is still very much in our communities.
“We are not out of this thing yet,” he said. “We are going to do everything we can to protect our members, but COVID is everyone's fight. We need everybody to be taking this seriously — even as we move into another phase — and that is the best way you can help us help you, is by wearing your mask and maintaining social distances.
“(Gore’s) family wanted me to make a point in saying that.”
The union noted its members are satisfied with the COVID-19 safety precautions taken by the fire department, including top-of-the-line personal protective equipment.
“We couldn't be happier with the fire commissioner and the PPE he provided and the precautions taken,” added Bresnan. “You got to remember we are exposed on a daily basis prior to this, so we are well-versed in taking precautions, but this is obviously more difficult because it's unseen.”
Funeral arrangements for Gore are pending.