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    Second Heart Attack Claims Conn. Fire Captain

    Second Heart Attack Claims Conn. Fire Captain

    Firehouse.Com News

    A 66-year-old Connecticut fire captain with nearly 50 years of service who returned to duty after suffering a near-fatal on-duty heart attack three years ago died Sunday after suffering another heart attack while returning to the station from a reported structure fire.

    Capt. Whitney Teehan of Groton Fire Department's Eastern Point station died of a heart attack early Sunday after 48 years of service, said Chief Nicholas DeLia.

    Teehan died after responding to a call at 4:17 a.m. at the Electric Boat Shipyard where he had worked for 40 years, DeLia said. The reported structure fire turned out to be an equipment malfunction that caused the appearance of smoke, and the firefighters were in the process of leaving when Teehan went unconscious at about 4:50 a.m.

    "They were talking and then all of a sudden he just went to sleep," DeLia said.

    Paramedics were unable to revive Teehan and he was pronounced dead at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.

    Teehan also suffered a heart attack in 1997 while fighting a car fire and was successfully resuscitated by paramedics on the scene. After surgery and rehabilitation, Teehan was cleared for full duty last year and was made an accountability officer, DeLia said.

    Doctors and family members had allowed him to return to duty as long as he did not become engaged in firefighting operations, the New London Day reported, instead he kept track of personnel operating at incident scenes.

    Teehan leaves behind a wife and four grown daughters, and was very active in the Elks club, DeLia said. He was recognized in 1959 for rescuing a child from a burning building, the Day reported.

    Calling hours will take place Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Byles Memorial Home, at 310 Thames St. in Groton, DeLia said. The memorial service is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at Byles, and will be followed by a procession to Col. Ledyard Cemetery in Groton. Out of town firefighters are asked to park at Washington Park off I-95 exit 87 to be bused in to the services, DeLia said.

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    Teehan, Jr., Whitney C.

    Age: 66
    Rank: Captain
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 06/25/2000
    Incident Time: 04:50
    Death Date: 06/25/2000

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

    Fire Dept. Info:
    City of Groton Fire Department
    140 Broad Street
    Groton, Connecticut 06340
    Chief: Nicholas DeLia

    Final Summary:
    Captain Teehan and members of his department responded to a manufacturing facility for a report of fire. Captain Teehan was acting as the department

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