David Leos. Photo courtesy of Dallas Fire-Rescue.

Driver engineer David Leos, who drove the engine assigned to Dallas Fire Station No. 41, died of COVID-19.

The news came Thursday in a media release from Dallas Fire-Rescue. Leos is the first Dallas firefighter to die of COVID-19.

Leos joined the department Aug. 12, 1981 and was a firefighter for 40 years. In January 2018, he was assigned to drive the engine at Station No. 41, also known as the “Preston Royal Fire Department.” The station was demolished after being struck by the 2019 tornado.

Leos is survived by his wife and eight children, including David Leos, Jr., a lieutenant in Dallas Fire-Rescue. He is also survived by his brother, Lieutenant Marty Leos.

“We ask that you keep David’s family, and the department, in your thoughts and prayers and we lean on one another for support during this most challenging time,” the department said in the release.



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