San Benito fire chief dies due to COVID-19 complications

1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, January 12 2021 Jan 12, 2021 January 12, 2021 5:13 PM January 12, 2021 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic
By: KRGV staff
Photo courtesy: City of San Benito

San Benito Fire Chief Danny Watkins died Tuesday due to COVID-19 complications, according to the city.

He was 67.

Watkins had been battling the coronavirus since December 2020.  

A Bellville, Texas native, Watkins was hired as San Benito’s fire chief in August 2019.

“Chief Watkins was a complete professional and a friend to all,” San Benito City Manager Manuel De La Rosa said in a statement. “This is not only a terrible loss to the City’s Fire Department and all those who had the honor of working with him here at the City, but also a terrible loss to the entire community.”

Watkins is survived by his wife, Debbie, and two adult sons.

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