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Procession Sunday night for Colorado man who died from COVID-19 while volunteering in NYC

Paul Cary.  Photo courtesy Ambulnz.  Cary volunteered to help with the COVID-19 response in New...
Paul Cary. Photo courtesy Ambulnz. Cary volunteered to help with the COVID-19 response in New York City.(KKTV)
Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 7:50 PM MDT
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A Colorado father and grandfather made the ultimate sacrifice trying to help others hundreds of miles from his own home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday night the organization "Ambulnz" announced the passing of 66-year-old Paul Cary. Cary was part of Ambulnz’s State of New York COVID Response team who volunteered for assignment at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. 11 News sister station

with Ambulnz Cary's passing was tied to COVID-19.

New York City's mayor is praising the sacrifice of Cary, promising that his heroism before he died of the coronavirus will be forever honored in the city he came to rescue. Mayor Bill de Blasio says a memorial by the city to the 66-year-old grandfather will be a way to remember all the health care professionals, military members and others who raced to the city to help.

The following family statement was provided to

"We were devastated to learn that our father and grandfather, Paul Cary, became the latest victim to die of COVID-19. Our family grieves his loss, and knows that all his friends and family will miss him greatly. Accepting Paul’s commitment to serving others in need, we respected his choice to volunteer to be part of Ambulnz’s response team to the COVID-19 crisis in New York City. He risked his own health and safety to protect others and left this world a better place. We are at peace knowing that Paul did what he loved and what he believed in, right up until the very end. We have no further public statements at this time and ask the media and the public to respect our privacy during this emotional time."

Paul spent 30 years as a firefighter/paramedic in Aurora. He is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

"Paul made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and will forever be remembered as extremely dependable and completely devoted to his work," a representative for Ambulnz wrote in a release.

Cary's body was transported home from New York Sunday and will land at the Denver International Airport at 7 p.m.

CBS Denver reports Cary will then be escorted by firefighting and EMS vehicles to Olinger Hampden Funeral Home and Cemetery in Denver. The procession route is as followed (Courtesy CBS Denver):

Procession will travel southbound Pena Blvd.

Pena to I-70 West

I225 south to Colfax

Colfax to Ursula, right on Ursula to 16th Ave

Left on 16th Ave. to Quentin, left on Quentin

Left (east) on Colfax

Colfax to Potomac, right (south) on Potomac

Continue on Potomac to the Medical Center of Aurora

Potomac to Jewell, go right (west) on Jewell

Jewell to Havana, go left (south) on Havana

Havana turns into Hampden. Continue to 8600 E. Hampden Ave.

Ahead of the procession, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement on Cary's heroism and sacrifice:

"Paul Cary served his community, and his country, heroically, and I am incredibly saddened by his passing. During a time of great need, he selflessly volunteered to travel thousands of miles from his home to help others. He risked his own health and safety, and stepped up to do what he could. This is a difficult time for so many Coloradans, and so many Americans. I can never express just how grateful I am for people like Paul, and all our emergency responders who are on the front lines of this virus. Paul dedicated his life to the service of others, and he will be greatly missed.”