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'A hero': Garden Valley fire chief dies from COVID-19

Chief Jon Delvalle lost his battle with the virus on Tuesday.

GARDEN VALLEY, Idaho — Garden Valley Fire Chief Jon Delvalle died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, the department announced. 

"We ask that everyone in our community keep Chief Delvalle's family and the many Garden Valley Fire Department volunteers and employees in their thoughts and prayers as we move through this most difficult time," Garden Valley Fire wrote. 

According to Garden Valley Fire, Delvalle was not vaccinated. 

A total of 2,505 Idahoans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic reached the state in March 2020. 

Deanna Paine, a paramedic with the department, told KTVB that Delvalle had been exposed to a patient who was "extremely sick" with COVID-19 on the job five days before he fell ill. His death is being considered a "line of duty injury."

Robert Glankler is serving as acting fire chief.

"Chief Delvalle was a hero who will be greatly missed by everyone," the department posted. 

Credit: Garden Valley Fire
Garden Valley Fire Chief Jon Delvalle