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    Ohio Firefighter Suffers Fatal Heart Attack at House Fire

    Ohio Firefighter Suffers Fatal Heart Attack at House Fire

    NICOLE LOZARE
    Firehouse.Com News

    Lee A. Purdy asked his wife, a paramedic, for a drink while he was operating the pump on top of the truck during a house fire in the early morning hours Jan. 8.

    When she returned with his drink in hand she watched him fall off the truck. Purdy, 57, had just suffered a massive heart attack.

    Purdy, a volunteer firefighter with the Spencerville, Ohio Fire Department, was rushed to St. Rita

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    Purdy, Lee A.

    Age: 57
    Rank: Pump Operator/Inspector
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 01/08/2000
    Incident Time: 02:00
    Death Date: 01/08/2000

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info: Spencerville Invincible Fire Company
    210 North Mulberry
    Spencerville, Ohio 45887
    Chief: Paul Lee

    Final Summary:
    Pump Operator/Inspector Purdy was operating a top-mounted pump panel at the scene of a residential structure fire. Pump Operator/Inspector Purdy asked his wife, a volunteer paramedic, for a drink. When she returned to the truck with the drink, she saw him fall from the truck, the victim of a massive heart attack. Medical aid was provided immediately. Pump Operator/Inspector Purdy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead 20 minutes after his arrival. No autopsy was performed.


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