WALDO COUNTY – The director of the Maine CDC said Thursday that an investigation is underway into the death of a firefighter in Waldo County, and whether it’s coronavirus-related.
There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the death of Harold “Eddie” Moore.
His wife works at Tall Pines Retirement and Healthcare Community a hot spot for COVID-19 cases in Maine and was sicken by the coronavirus around three weeks ago.
She and her husband were quarantined. Nicole Moore said Thursday her husband was never tested but was a “presumed positive” because they lived together.
Eddie Moore, a deputy fire warden for the town, went back to work on Tuesday after completing the more than 14-day quarantine.
“That morning he had gone to a fire. So he went to that and because of the close proximity and everything, all the fire fighters ended up being quarantined. So, he was going to have to do another two weeks of quarantine,” said Cheryl Moore, Eddie’s mother.
“That same day he had troubles. He was sweating and couldn’t get cooled off and stuff and he fell back into the tub and hit the back of his head and they did CPR and they couldn’t bring him around,” Moore said.
Eddie Moore died Tuesday at the age of 42.
Messages left for Jackson Fire Chief Don Nickerson were not returned.
Moore’s mother said the family still has questions, including if COVID-19 had any role in Eddie Moore’s death.
“That’s why we seeked an autopsy, but they wouldn’t do an autopsy,” said Moore.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help his widow.
His mother said the decision not to do an autopsy was because of the coronavirus.
“We don’t know. I’m not sure. His wife claims she gave it to him and we aren’t sure he even had it. He was in quarantine but don’t have no idea because I don’t believe he was ever tested,” Moore said.
The commons at Tall Pines, which provides nursing and rehabilitation care, is where 43 residents and staff have fallen ill from the virus, including Nicole Moore. A total of 11 have died.
His wife said “we did have it.”