Gerard Tuzara Biography, Gerard Tuzara Wiki
Gerard Tuzara, 35, worked as an operations manager at Amazon’s Hawthorne facility near LAX airport. ‘Gerry was an Air Force officer, a loving husband, son and uncle,’ the letter read. ‘He will be greatly missed.’
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- The first known COVID-19 death among Amazon’s workforce has occurred
- Gerard Tuzara, 35, an operations manager at a fulfillment center in Southern California died from the virus on March 31
- There have been growing cases among Amazon’s workforce which have seen the company come under criticism from labor activists and politicians
- Three Amazon employees who publicly called for broader safety protections at fulfillment centers have been fired in the past month
Gerard Tuzara Age
He was 35 years old.
Gerard Tuzara Career
Tuzara, an Air Force veteran, is believed to have passed away on March 31st and is the first known employee from Amazon to die from the disease.
Tuzara previously served in the United States Air Force. His uncle, Junior Teves Tuzara, has been posting about Tuzara’s death on Facebook and wrote on April 1, “To all his patriotic buddies and heroes who serve alongside him at Lackland AFB, Altus Air Force Base and Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, GEAN maybe gone but not forgotten. The battlefield does not end here, there will be severe reckoning when all this global nightmare is over. May Almighty God guide and protect our military and healthcare frontliners who serve to defeat this terrible Chinese coronavirus pandemic.”
Gerard Tuzara Father
Tuzara’s father, Edgardo Tuzara, shared a heartwarming message on social media after his son passed away. “My loving son, Gerard Andrew Pelonio Tuzara, I know I cannot bring you back although I wish it every day but a piece of me went with you that day you went away. It’s so hard for me to accept that I will no longer see you, talk to you and hug you dearly. I wish you stayed with us but Heaven needed you. I am very sure you are in good hands right now. You were a very special person that God gave me, with kindness in your heart, respectful, and the love we had together grows stronger even now that we’re apart.”
Gerard Tuzara Education
According to his LinkedIn profile, Tuzara was a logistics manager at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma from 2003 until 2007. During that time, he also began working toward his undergraduate degree. Tuzara earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology from the online American InterContinental University in 2009.
In 2015, Tuzara decided to add a master’s degree to his resume. He enrolled at California State University’s San Bernardino branch and earned his MBA in 2017. Tuzara included on his LinkedIn profile that he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Gerard Tuzara Wife, Married
Tuzara also tied the knot that year. He noted on his Facebook page that he got married on March 12, 2017.
Gerard Tuzara Death and Cause
His death was announced as an increasing number of claims have been leveled at the company over the level to which the company is providing safety protections for the workers in its warehouses and delivery workers.
He began experiencing symptoms nearly three weeks after his final day at the southern California warehouse, according to Amazon. Tuzara went on vacation beginning on March 7 and did not go back to the warehouse after returning home.
Tuzara’s last day of work was March 6 after which point he was on vacation in Mexico until March 20.
A week later, he began experiencing flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital Amazon confirmed
Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish shared a brief statement about Tuzara’s passing with Heavy:
We are saddened by the passing of a member of our management team in Hawthorne, California. His family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting his fellow colleagues.
According to Forbes, Tuzara’s colleagues were informed of his death on March 31. Amazon publicly acknowledged his death on April 14.
Family members also posted their own touching tributes including Tuzara’s sister, Jess.
‘Today, i lost a big piece of me. My big brother Gerard lost his fight to Covid 19. I refuse to believe you’re not here anymore. Everything feels so unreal and i wish to wake up from this. I feel so helpless not being able to see, hold nor talk to you one last time. I would give everything back to tell and make you feel one last time that we love you. Im sorry you left with no one by your side. I’m mad, why didn’t u fight harder we’re willing to wait weeks or months or even years for you to recover, why just 4 days? Everything has gone by so fast it feels unreal.’