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Retired CHP officer dies from COVID-19

Posted at 3:50 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 00:30:40-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Loved ones are mourning the death from COVID-19 of a retired CHP officer and beloved grandfather.

Raul Martinez first started feeling sick in late August.

"Really tired and a fever," said Claudia Martinez.

He tested positive for coronavirus and got sicker and sicker.

"He started complaining about having trouble breathing and he wouldn't eat," said Martinez.

A few weeks after his first symptoms, his family brought him to the ER, where he was admitted.

Raul, a diabetic, received various treatments, including Remdesivir, but late last month, he was placed on a ventilator.

"Super scared and panicked," said Martinez.

Less than 24 hours later, Raul Martinez, a retired CHP officer, died at the age of 70.

"It was just shock and more pain than I can describe," said Martinez.

Claudia says the father of four and grandfather of nine retired from the CHP a decade ago, after three decades on the job.

"He took pride definitely in servicing his community. He took pride in being a just person," said Martinez.

He was also a careful person. During the pandemic, he and his wife were taking all the precautions.

"They were staying home a lot, wearing masks," said Martinez.

She has no idea where he contracted the virus. As the pandemic continues on, she has a plea for others.

"Please do take it seriously, if not for yourself, for your loved ones ... Think of others and wear a mask. It’s not too much to ask. It’s about respect for your neighbors," said Martinez.

Raul’s wife also contracted coronavirus and is recovering at home.

A Gofundme campaign has set up the help the family with expenses.