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.