Human Interest Florida Nurse Pays Tribute to Fellow Fallen Veteran Who Died of Coronavirus: 'My Heart Was Broken' "It was with my duty and honor to salute this brave American," Marc Kagan By Robyn Merrett Published on April 22, 2020 09:06 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Manatee Memorial Hospital A Florida nurse stepped in to give a fallen veteran a proper send off after the retired military personnel died of coronavirus earlier this month. On Monday, Manatee Memorial Hospital shared a photo on Facebook of the touching moment, which shows nurse Marc Kagan saluting the late veteran, whose body was covered by a white cloth. Of the moment, Kagan, a fellow veteran himself, explained in a statement shared by the hospital that he felt it was his “duty” to honor the late veteran. “I’m an RN, a retired USAF officer (Flight Nurse) and a retired Firefighter/Deputy Sheriff/Paramedic. I work presently as a Cath Lab nurse and recently doing scanning of hospital personnel going in and out of the COVID-19 Unit.” Kagan shared, “My heart was broken and saddened when a veteran lost his life to this deadly virus.” “He didn’t get the military send off with a flag over his brave body. It was with my duty and honor to salute this brave American,” Kagan added. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmanateememorial%2Fposts%2F10157329519997684&width=500 Son Shares Heartbreaking Reality of COVID-19 Crisis for Those in Nursing Homes After Father Dies The identity of the late veteran has not been revealed to the public. Since news of Kagan’s good deed went viral, a number of people have commended the nurse and spoke out about their own sweet experiences with him. “Thank you!! We have met Marc several times walking the ground floor hallway to Pediatric Therapy and he always says hi and often talks to my daughter and I. He has a great personality and always leaves us smiling. I had no idea about his background. This is so honorable and genuine and I thank him as well as I am sure the family of this Vet do too. Thank you!” social media user Kristy Kall Gordon commented on the Facebook. RELATED: Nurse Shares Photos From the COVID-19 Pandemic Frontline: We Have Become ‘Closer Than Ever’ “Marc, thank you for honoring this Veteran! I appreciate that a fellow Service Member was in their presence. It means so much to every Veteran! Thank you for your service from a fellow Army Nurse (R)! You make me proud as a nurse, Veteran and great person. Work well done!” Donna Rojas commented. Manatee Memorial Hospital has since named Kagan a health care hero. Pregnant Nurse Dies at 28 from Coronavirus, Doctors Save Her Baby in Emergency C-Section: ‘Irreplaceable’ As of Wednesday, there are now at least 832,325 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, the most worldwide. At least 42,353 people in the U.S. have died from coronavirus-related illness. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.