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    Iowa Firefighter Suffers Fatal Heart Attack

    Iowa Firefighter Suffers Fatal Heart Attack


    Firehouse.Com News

    A Story City, Iowa firefighter suffered a fatal heart attack while performing overhaul operations at a house fire Sunday night, fire officials said.

    Volunteer firefighter Doug Stevens, 42, collapsed at the scene and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The five-year veteran, the department's training officer, leaves behind a wife and two teenage daughters.

    The small fire in the walls near the fireplace was quickly extinguished, according to Fire Chief Scott Nibe.

    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Petri Church in Story City.

    A memorial fund has been established for the Stevens family:

    Doug Stevens Memorial Fund
    P.O. Box 280
    F&M Bank
    Story City. Iowa 50248

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    Stevens, Douglas George

    Age: 42
    Rank: Firefighter, Training Officer
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 02/06/2000
    Incident Time: 19:35
    Death Date: 02/06/2000

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

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Story City LaFayette Twp Volunteer Fire Dept
    513 Elm Street
    Story City, Iowa 50248
    Chief: Scott Nibe

    Final Summary:
    Training Officer Stevens was working on the scene of a residential structure fire. He climbed a ground ladder, used a halligan tool to remove a section of siding, and then continued on to the roof to prepare to perform additional ventilation. Training Officer Stevens descended the ladder and walked toward a backup hose team that was standing by outside of the residence. As he neared the other firefighters, Training Officer Stevens collapsed due to an apparent heart attack. Paramedics standing by on the scene initiated care immediately. Advanced Life Support (ALS) medical care was provided during a 17-minute transport to the hospital to no avail. Training Officer Stevens was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. The cause of death was listed as occlusive coronary artery disease. The cause of the fire was an overheated wall next to a chimney. Additional information about this incident may be found in NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation F2000-14.

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