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    Ohio FF Stricken After Call

    Ohio FF Stricken After Call

    HEATHER CASPI
    Firehouse.com News

    An Ohio firefighter died in the line of duty Saturday when he suffered a heart attack and fell off a fire truck while returning to the station from a fire call.

    Leo Swank, 50, served the Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Department for 27 years.

    After responding to a chimney fire at 10:41 a.m., the crew was just a block away from the station when Swank fell sideways out of the jump seat between the cab and bed of the vehicle.

    "He suffered a massive heart attack, slipped out of the apparatus and fell to the ground, said Lt. Steve Strickling.

    Strickling said the vehicle was moving slowly because it was making a turn, and paramedics riding in a vehicle behind provided immediate medical attention.

    "They worked on him, but to no avail," Strickling said.

    The Franklin County Coroner's Office is performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

    Fire officials called Swank "one of the very best" firefighters, and said he had made at least 80 of the volunteer department's 86 runs this quarter.

    Swank was a lieutenant, EMT, and served as president of the Jefferson Township-Bellville Firefighter's Association.

    He also worked as a mechanic for a tree farm, and previously owned and operated a gas station.

    Swank was an avid sports enthusiast, Strickling said. He coached youth baseball and football, and played semi-professional football with the Clear Fork Wheels in the 1970's.

    Swank also served with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the American Legion, Bellville Post of the V.F.W. and the National AMVETS.

    He has a brother and a son in the fire department, and two other sons in the Explorers program.

    In addition to his three sons, Swank is survived by his wife Pamela, two daughters and a granddaughter.

    Calling hours will take place Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home in Bellville.

    The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a full procession to Belleville Cemetery. Members of the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department will serve as color guard, and Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion will hold graveside military honors.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department.


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    Bellville firefighter dies

    Bellville firefighter dies
    Volunteer falls off fire truck after call

    By Ron Simon
    News Journal

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    BELLVILLE -- A man serving as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician died Saturday morning while returning from a fire call.

    Leo Swank, 51, of Bellville died around 11 a.m. after falling off a Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Department truck that was returning to the station.

    "He was a firefighter. One of the very best," Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Chief Rodney Walker said. "We've had 86 runs this quarter, and he made at least 80 of them. He was always there for us. He will be missed."

    Swank and other volunteers answered the call to a chimney fire at 90 Bell St. at 10:41 a.m. "The last time I saw him, he was running a hose," Walker said.

    When the fire was out, the firefighters made their way back to the station, driving down Bell to Ogle Street and Ogle to Main Street. Walker said the truck was just turning onto Main with a block to go to the station when Swank fell sideways out of the jump seat, a rear-facing seat between the cab and bed of the truck.

    "There were two paramedics on the run, and they were with him in less than half a minute. But there was nothing they could do," Walker said.

    Paul Jones, investigator for the Richland County Coroner's Office, said Swank's body would be taken this morning to the Franklin County Coroner's Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

    Walker said Swank had helped save his share of lives during his nearly quarter-century with the department. Swank's three sons, Leo Jr., Jesse and Charles, are all members of the department, and Leo Jr. was expected to graduate from paramedic school in May, Walker said.

    Leo Swank operated the BP gasoline station in Bellville for many years. After the station closed a year and a half ago, he went to work for Wade and Gatton Nurseries as a mechanic.

    The Snyder Funeral Home in Bellville will be in charge of arrangements.

    rsimon@nncogannett.com

    (419) 521-7230

    Originally published Sunday, March 17, 2002



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    Swank, Leo Leon

    Age: 50
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 03/16/2002
    Incident Time: 11:00
    Death Date: 03/16/2002

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Department
    115 Main St
    Bellville, Ohio 44813
    Chief: Rodney Walker

    Initial Summary: Lieutenant Swank died from an apparent heart attack while returning to the station from a residential structure chimney fire.


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