Huntersville firefighter dies after battle with COVID-19

The Charlotte Fire Department announced that Jeffery Hager died on Sept. 10.
Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 5:19 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Officials are asking for prayers and support after a Huntersville firefighter died as his wife remains in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to a GoFundMe, Veteran firefighter Jeff Hager and his wife Amee tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 23. They were both admitted to the hospital on Aug. 28.

On Sept. 3, officials say their conditions worsened, and their progress had been very slow.

The Charlotte Fire Department announced that Jeffery Hager died on Sept. 10.

Officials say Jeff and Amee have four children, ages 14, 13, 7 and 6. The children are currently being cared for by family members. Jeff had been a member of the Charlotte Fire Department since 1997 and a member of the Huntersville Fire Department since 2013.

“Jeff’s smile and quick wit were contagious and he had many friends both in the fire service and throughout our community,” representatives from Huntersville Fire Department wrote. “Jeff was an excellent firefighter and an even better friend, father and husband. His loss leaves a large void here in our department and in our community - he will be surely be missed.”

A spokesman with Huntersville Fire expressed how difficult this has been for the department, Hager’s family and Huntersville community.

The spokesman said Jeff’s wife is not in good condition and she doesn’t even know Jeff has passed.

“We ask that you please keep family, friends and fire department members in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” wrote officials with CFD.

A GoFundMe has been set up. Officials say the purpose of the fundraiser is to provide financial aid to help with groceries, clothing and any other expenses associated with their children’s immediate needs.

The Huntersville Fire Department says a memorial service is on hold for now.

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