(CNN)Israel Tolentino Jr., known as “Izzy” to family and friends, was considered an everyday hero to his Passaic, New Jersey community.On his days off, the firefighter and dad of two served as an EMT and as a member of the volunteer community emergency response team, said Hector Lora, the mayor of Passaic.Last year, at the fire department’s Christmas Toy Drive, Tolentino, Jr. volunteered to be Santa Claus, said his wife, Maria Vazquez. He sported a traditional red suit and white beard while cruising down the neighborhood streets on a motorcycle to hand out toys.On March 31, the 33-year-old firefighter died from complications due to the novel coronavirus, which has struck more than 557,000 people in the US, according to data from John Hopkins University. Ten days after Tolentino Jr.’s death, his father, Israel Tolentino Sr., also passed away from Covid-19. Both tested positive for the virus when they were admitted to the hospital, Vazquez said.”This virus has left us with a void that can’t be filled,” Vazquez told CNN. “Family was everything to him (Tolentino Jr.).”The back-to-back tragedies have left Vazquez and her family — including her children, 9-year-old Ailani, and 7-year-old Israel — devastated. With the grief, Vazquez said,


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