CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) – The firefighting community is mourning the loss of one of its own.

33-year-old Matt Siddons was a firefighter with Cadott Area Fire and Rescue for eight years. Authorities say he passed away Wednesday after a long hospital stay due to contracting COVID-19.

A benefit is scheduled to take place in April to support the family. According to the Facebook event page, Siddons was taken to the hospital in October-requiring a ventilator. He was moved to a hospital in Minnesota where he was awaiting a lung transplant.

The post says he and his wife have been fostering two children and were in the process of adopting them.