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    Columbus, Mississippi Firefighter Dies In Sleep

    Columbus, Mississippi Firefighter Dies In Sleep

    LON SLEPICKA
    Firehouse.Com News

    A veteran Columbus, MS firefighter passed away during the early morning hours of May 29 at the fire station after returning from running a life threatening emergency service call with the local ambulance service.

    Engineer Gerald "Wayne" Allbritton, 45, returned to the station after the call and climbed into his bunk at 2:15 a.m. Around 6:15 a.m. fellow firefighters tried to rouse him. Department Captain Jamie Simpson said they believe he died of heart failure.

    Albritton had been with the department 18 years and had twice been named Firefighter of the Year by his peers. "He loved dealing with people in general, just a great people person," Captain Simpson said. Allbritton loved to hunt and was very involved in his church, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Columbus, Simpson added.

    Albritton is survived by his wife Donna, son Darren, a senior in high school, and daughter Jenna, a second-year college student.

    A funeral was held May 31 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and he was buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. A college fund for his children, The Gerald "Wayne" Allbritton Memorial Fund, was established at the Columbus Municipal Credit Union: 1968 6th Street North, Columbus, MS, 39701, Telephone (662) 327-3030.

    The Columbus Fire Department is a paid department of five stations with 66 firefighters. They protect a population of about 40,000 in east central Mississippi.




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