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Lancaster County paramedic dies weeks after contracting COVID-19 – WSOC TV

LANCASTER, SC – Richard McKinney was a big man with a big heart.

“He was like a big teddy bear,” said Josh Faulkenberry, a longtime friend of the healthcare practitioner and longtime friend.

Two weeks ago, Faulkenberry said McKinney started getting sick.

“He was just starting to feel unwell. Then, suddenly, (he) started to have more respiratory symptoms. He was tested and found out he was positive,” Faulkenberry said.

It quickly got worse. Breathing became more difficult and McKinney, 45, had to go to the hospital.

On Tuesday, Channel 9 learned that McKinney had passed away. First responders and ambulances lined the streets as his body was transported from Rock Hill back to Lancaster on Tuesday afternoon.

Director of Emergency Medical Services Clay Catoe said that since the pandemic began, more than half of his employees have contracted COVID-19, including himself. When Channel 9 spoke to him last week, they were all focused on helping one of the best people get back to the job he loves.

“Everybody walks on eggshells,” said Catoe. “We have 125 employees and we’re all here to support him, and we want him through.”

McKinney was placed on a ventilator and a vigil was held for him last Tuesday night. It involved a large crowd of EMS, the firefighter, and his law enforcement family.

They all signed t-shirts for him, encouraged his family, and prayed.


In May 2020, Rock Hill paramedic Pearl Lemieux, then 63 years old, survived 14 days of mechanical ventilation. She was cheered when she came out of rehab. Now, she’s back to work at Piedmont EMS.

In Lancaster, colleagues had hoped to tell the same story about McKinney.

“I know Richard is a boxer. Between what I know about him and what I know about God, he will make it through,” Faulkenberry said.

(SEE BELOW: Paramedic shares her experience with COVID-19)

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