JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Fire Rescue Lt. Mario Moya, a 17-year veteran of the department, has passed away from COVID-19, JFRD confirmed Wednesday morning.

The agency released a statement reading in part:

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the line of duty death of JFRD Lt. Mario J. Moya of Rescue-42-B. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Lt. Moya unselfishly served this community while continually exposing himself to the very virus that cost him his life.”

Moya, 51, leaves behind his wife and three children.

He was honored Wednesday afternoon with a procession of law enforcement and JFRD vehicles that escorted his body from Baptist South hospital to a funeral home in Riverside.

Following tradition for honor processions, two JFRD boats sprayed jets of water as the procession passed

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