By Brooke Rogers

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas family is facing a double-tragedy from COVID-19.

Retired Lt. Randy Luper, who came from a family of firefighters, died of COVID-19 Saturday, July 24 along with his daughter-in-law after multiple family members became infected.

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“If you ever asked about Randy Luper, everyone knew who he was,” said David Lindsey, a former colleague. “He took himself lightly, but he was a good paramedic, and whenever he made lieutenant and moved to Oak Cliff, everyone who worked under him just had real good things to say about him.”

Lt. Randy Luper (credit: Luper family)

He, his son, and his daughter-in-law, Vanessa, were all hospitalized with COVID-19.

Vanessa Luper (courtesy: Luper family)

His wife and two grandchildren also tested positive.

While his son recovered and is now home, Lt. Luper and Vanessa both died within hours of each other.

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“They were in the same hallway,” Lindsey said. “Randy was in the ICU unit, and he had been on a ventilator. Vanessa’s numbers had been dropping pretty rapidly also, but she was right down the hallway, and she passed 6 hours after Randy did.”

The tight-knit firefighting community is grieving along with the Luper family and started a fundraising account to cover funeral expenses.

It’s already raised more than $9,000.

The Todd Krodle Foundation and the Dallas Firefighters Association are also each contributing $3,000.

Lindsey said it’s what firefighting families do in times of need.

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“We rally around each other. Whenever somebody is going through a hard time, all of us are going through a hard time. It wasn’t a matter of if we were going to help them, it was how.”