Flu Deaths Shock Community

Flu Deaths Shock Community

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Two months ago, Kendra Fendt, a young mother from Pace, Florida contracts the flu and pneumonia at the same time and never gets to know her daughter delivered just weeks before her death.

Rodney Gajewski, a paramedic in Navarre, devotes his life to the health and safety of others and dies within days of contracting the flu.

"He was a good man, a family man," says Denise Ray who knew Gajewski.

Two tragedies that have left an entire community stunned.

"Pretty shocking actually," says Kyle Hamel. "I thought that most of the big uprising had been taken care of but I guess people are still not aware that people should get a vaccination for that type of thing."

"I think that has been coming of for several years," says Jim Lewis. "We've seen a lot of resistance too it, the medications, and I think you have to anticipate that's going to get worse."

Everyone we spoke with had not gotten the vaccination but after two deaths in the same county most are re-thinking that decision. "It hadn't been a big deal so I didn't think it was necessary for me either but I guess everybody in class was shocked to hear it was such a huge deal," says Hamel.

"I've never had a problem," says Lewis, "so I want to believe I'm invincible."

Rodney Gajewski was laid to rest Monday. A memorial service for Kendra Fendt is planned for Saturday.


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