CHICAGO – The first Chicago firefighter to die from COVID-19 was remembered by his colleagues Wednesday, one year after his death.

Chicago Fire tweeted that Acting Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt and Chicago Fire officials honored the late Mario Araujo during a one-year anniversary bell ringing at Engine 102.

Mario Araujo, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, served most of his entire career at Truck 25 in Rogers Park.

Araujo had no known underlying conditions when he was diagnosed with COVID-19, but the Medical Examiner said heart disease was a contributing factor.

He was 49-years-old.

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