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Volunteer Fire Chief, EMT Wife Die of COVID 3 Weeks Apart

Both long-time volunteer first responder had been married for 14 years

By Sten Spinella, The Day

The town’s fire companies suffered another massive loss last week.

Don Kutz, the deputy chief of Montville Fire Co. and an emergency medical technician, died on Dec. 22 after a hospital stay and because he was battling COVID-19 complications. Kutz’s wife, Christine Kutz, died on Dec. 1 for the same reason. She was an emergency medical services lieutenant at the Montville Fire Department who served the community for more than three decades as an EMT.

Their deaths have brought an outpouring support from town residents as well as from emergency workers outside of town.

“We are sad to announce the passing of past chief, life member and current deputy chief Don Kutz,” the Montville Fire Co. said on Facebook. “Don has been with the Montville Fire Department for 52 years as a very dedicated firefighter/EMT. Don will be greatly missed by all. On behalf of all the officers and members of the Montville Volunteer Fire Department, we send our deepest condolences to his family. No arrangements have been made at this time.”

A GoFundMe page, at http://bit.ly/gfmdak2020, to pay for Kutz’s funeral expenses had raised more than $5,000 from almost 60 separate donations as of Wednesday evening.

Read the full story here.

Image: Ashley Turner Photography

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