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Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton has announced the "line of duty" death of a Shreveport Firefighter today.

In a release from the Shreveport Fire Department, and Mayor Adrian Perkins Office, Chief Wolverton says that 13-year Shreveport Fire veteran Leonard Coney had died from complications of COVID-19. The release says that this is a "line of duty" death, because Coney contracted COVID-19 after being exposed while on duty.

The release says Coney spent his career working with Medic 5, and Fire Station #5, on Stoner Ave. He joined the Shreveport Fire Department in August of 2007.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins said in the statement:

“Leonard Coney was a public servant in the truest sense of the term. He made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his city during a public health emergency and the City of Shreveport will be forever grateful. I ask that everyone join me in praying for Mr. Coney’s family during this difficult time, and that they honor his legacy by helping slow the spread of this virus in our community.”  

In the same release, Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton said:

“Leonard Coney gave his life in service to our community. He had the kindest spirit about him and he held a high compassion for meeting the needs of our citizens. He will be greatly missed by all SFD Brothers and Sisters. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13”

According to the release from the Mayor's Office, arrangements for Coney's funeral are in progress, and the city will announce more details when they have them.

 

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