Roswell fire chief on ventilator, in ICU battling COVID-19

ROSWELL, Ga. — Friends and loved ones of Roswell’s fire chief are asking for prayers from the community after he was admitted to the intensive care unit because of COVID-19.

Former Roswell fire Chief Ricky Spencer posted on his Facebook page that Chief Ricky Burnette is currently in the ICU on a ventilator because of the virus.


“This is a painful time for his family, his firefighters and his friends, which are many,” Spencer wrote. “There is not enough words to express how much I love this man and so proud of the job he has been doing and he is still our Fire Chief.”

“#Roswell is a family and our Chief needs your prayers after 30+ years of service to our community,” Roswell city councilman Matt Judy wrote in a Facebook post.

Prayers for our #RoswellFireDepartment , Family and Friends as we dig deep for one of our own in a time of need!...

Posted by Matt Judy- Roswell City Councilman on Thursday, August 13, 2020

Spencer asked for people to pray for his longtime friend, Burnette.

“Ricky has been and still is one of the most dedicated firefighters I have ever been associated with over the years. We have worked together for over 30 years, as he was my Deputy Chief when I was Fire Chief in Roswell. I’ve watched this man do things that have made the difference in people’s lives whether it was on a Fire or EMS scene,” Spencer wrote. “God Bless Fire Chief Ricky Burnette and give him the strength to beat this virus, In God’s name I pray.”

To all my FB friends and my brothers and sisters in the Fire-EMS, and First Responders from Island Park NY to...

Posted by Ricky Spencer on Thursday, August 13, 2020

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