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    Mass. Firefighter Stricken On Duty

    Mass. Firefighter Stricken On Duty

    Firehouse.Com News

    David C. Fitzgerald of the Somerville, Massachusetts Fire Department died in the line of duty Friday after suffering a heart attack. He had 31 years of service with the department.

    Fitzgerald, 63, responded to several incidents Friday including a multi-truck accident resulting in a hazardous materials spill, and a dryer fire at a laundromat at 2:00 p.m.

    Fitzgerald was stricken at the station and fellow firefighters tried to revive him at 4:36 p.m. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was pronounced dead in the Emergency Department.

    "It was unexpected, to say the least," said Chief Engineer Kevin Kelleher. "He was a healthy guy."

    Fitzgerald was a member of the Somerville Firefighters

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    Fitzgerald, David C.

    Age: 63
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 10/13/2000
    Incident Time: 16:36
    Death Date: 10/13/2000

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Support Duties
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Somerville Fire Department
    Central Station
    266 Broadway
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Chief: Kevin Kelleher

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Fitzgerald and his ladder company responded to assist with treatment and cleanup at a collision involving a tractor trailer and a recycling truck. Firefighter Fitzgerald assisted with patient treatment and packaging and then assisted other firefighters as 55 bags of absorbent were distributed over a fuel spill. The incident lasted for over 2 hours. At the scene of the collision, Firefighter Fitzgerald complained of shoulder pain, but dismissed it as a strain. He collapsed at the fire station after another emergency incident, due to a heart attack. Other firefighters attempted to revive him. Firefighter Fitzgerald was rushed to the hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival.

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