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    Ohio Firefighter Dies After Collapsing at Training Exercise

    Ohio Firefighter Dies After Collapsing at Training Exercise

    Firehouse.Com News

    A Washington Courthouse, Ohio firefighter collapsed and died at a training session on Apr. 11.

    Michael Baughn, 46, collapsed shortly after performing a simulated search and rescue drill with other fire department members, according to Zola Doddro, Administrative Secretary for the agency.

    Baughn, a paid on-call member of the department was married with two children.

    The cause of death is pending the autopsy report. The final results may take several weeks.

    A memorial fund has been made in memory of Baughn at the following address:

    Washington Volunteer Memorial Fund
    136 North Fayette St.
    Washington Courthouse, OH 43260

    The Washington Courthouse FIre Department has 14 paid and 25 paid on-call firefighters and protects a population of about 14,000.

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    Baughn, Michael R.

    Age: 46
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 04/11/2000
    Incident Time: 21:10
    Death Date: 04/11/2000

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Training
    Activity Type: Search and Rescue
    Fixed Prop. Use: Vacant Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Washington Fire Department
    136 North Fayette Street
    Washington, Ohio 43160
    Chief: Daniel E. Fowler

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Baughn and 30 other members of his department were participating in search and rescue training in the basement of an office building. Teams of two firefighters, equipped with structural protective clothing and SCBA, were doing crawl through searches in areas that were obscured with nontoxic smoke. After completing an exercise that lasted approximately 20 minutes, Firefighter Baughn sat in a basement hallway, removed his SCBA facepiece, rested, and waited for other firefighters to complete the exercise. When the other firefighters emerged from the exercise, Firefighter Baughn began to climb the stairs from the basement to the ground level of the building. As he reached the first landing in the stairwell, Firefighter Baughn suddenly collapsed. Firefighters found Firefighter Baughn pulseless and gasping for air. CPR was started immediately and an ambulance was called to the scene. Arriving ambulance personnel from the local ambulance squad began ALS treatment but were unable to deliver a shock to Firefighter Baughn through their defibrillator. Firefighter Baughn was transported immediately to the closest hospital, a 2-minute ambulance ride away from the training site. Resuscitation efforts were continued in the emergency room for 30 minutes until Firefighter Baughn was pronounced dead. The cause of death was listed as Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart)

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