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NC firefighter and wife die after battle with COVID-19, leaving behind 4 kids

Posted September 13, 2021 7:38 a.m. EDT
Updated September 20, 2021 10:39 a.m. EDT

— The wife of a North Carolina firefighter who lost his battle with COVID-19 has died a week later, WCNC Charlotte reports.

According to the Huntersville Fire Department, Jeffrey Hager and his wife, Amee, tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 23. Both were admitted to the hospital five days later when their conditions worsened.

On Sept. 10, the department said both were still in the hospital and family members were caring for the couple's children, ages 6, 7, 13 and 14. They linked to a GoFundMe page to help the family. As of Monday morning, more than $87,000 had been raised.

On Sept. 11, WCNC reported the news of Jeffrey Hager's death. Amee died a week later, WCNC reports.

A post from Amee's parents reads:

To our dear friends and family, it is with broken hearts that we share this with you. Our precious Amee has lost the battle with this horrible Covid. She is no longer in pain or struggling to breathe. Her lungs are filled with the sweet breath of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

I know that Jeff was standing at the gates of Heaven with a sly smile, waiting to give her a big hug and a kiss!

Our hearts are shattered and there are no words to explain the pain and grief we are feeling. I only pray that we can find the right words to tell Amee and Jeff’s precious children that now, both their parents are gone.

If you are not vaccinated…..please go and get it. You cannot be replaced! Don’t leave your families behind to deal with this kind of pain and grief!

Hager was a member of the Charlotte Fire Department since 1997. He also volunteered as a part-time firefighter and EMT with the Huntersville Fire Department.

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