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Brooksville firefighter dies of the coronavirus

David Hackett, 44, was with Hernando County Fire & Emergency Services for nearly 20 years.
David Hackett, a fireman at Fire Station #14 in Brooksville, died Saturday of COVID-19 complications.
David Hackett, a fireman at Fire Station #14 in Brooksville, died Saturday of COVID-19 complications. [ Hernando County Fire and Emergency Services ]
Published Sep. 26

Hernando County firefighter David Hackett died of COVID-19 complications Saturday night, the county said in a media release. He was 44.

Hackett started with the Fire & Emergency Services Department in 2002. He served at Fire Station #14 in Brooksville. He was promoted to driver engineer in 2013. In that role, Hackett drove the fire truck and served as second in command on calls.

Fire service ran in Hackett’s family. His father, Dennis Hackett, is a retired Hernando County district chief. The younger Hackett dedicated his life to his family and the fire service, the release said.

David Hackett is survived by his wife of 12 years, Julie, and two sons, Jacob, 11, and Nicholas, 8.

“Please keep his wife and children, as well the rest of his family, friends and members of the fire service, in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the release said.

Information on funeral services will be released when arrangements are finalized.