Funeral planned for a Utah firefighter who died of COVID-19 complications


RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4) – A Utah firefighter who died as a result of COVID-19 despite the vaccination, the burial will take place this weekend.

In late October, Unified Fire confirmed the death of 61-year-old Captain Merrill Bone. He was a 36-year fire department veteran and died of complications from the virus.

According to Unified Fire, Bones death is considered mandatory death.

He began his career with the Salt Lake City Fire Department, where he served as a firefighter and paramedic. Bone was a member of the Heavy Rescue Program and an active member of UTTF1, where he was on several occasions, including after the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City.

Bone retired from the Salt Lake City Fire in 2006 after 20 years and soon after joined the Unified Fire Authority as a medic. He held the rank of paramedic and was usually promoted to captain.

“Captain Bone, even when you are gone, you will never be forgotten,” said the department.

According to his obituaryBone had “never taken other people’s lives for granted, he was vaccinated against Covid-19, but his fight had weakened his immune system.”

There will be a tour for Bone on Friday from 5pm to 8pm at Larkin Mortuary in Riverton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Olympus High School in Holladay.

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