SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Fire Chief Scott Wolverton spoke Thursday, Jan. 7 following the death of firefighter, Leonard Coney.
A news conference was held at 9:30 a.m. at the Dallas W. Greene Central Fire Station.
According to a news release, Coney died from complications due to the virus. This is the first death reported in the fire department.
“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,” said Mayor Adrian Perkins in a news release. “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.
Shreveport Fire Captain Barbara Sellers says Coney will be awarded the Line of Duty Death Medal and will go on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in 2022.
Coney has been with SFD since August of 2007 — serving nearly 14 years. He was a member of C-Shift and assigned to Medic5 at Fire Station No. 5 on Stoner Avenue.
“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” said Chief Wolverton in a news release.
Arrangements for Coney have not been finalized at this time.