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    Penn Hills Firefighter Dies While Responding

    Penn Hills Firefighter Dies While Responding
    Cause Of Death Is Undetermined

    Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Channel

    PENN HILLS, Pa. -- A volunteer firefighter died a short time after being found unresponsive in the seat of one of his company's trucks, WTAE's Shiba Russell reported Wednesday.

    Joseph Kraft, 33, of Universal Volunteer Fire Department in Penn Hills, was pronounced dead around 12:30 a.m. at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. An autopsy is pending, but officials told Russell that Kraft appeared to have suffered cardiac arrest.

    Kraft was trying to respond to a call of a house being struck by lightning on Bryant Drive, but he never made it out of the fire hall's parking lot. A fellow firefighter found him after returning from the call.

    Firefighters did not comment on the death Wednesday. A message that said "In Loving Memory Of Our Fallen Firefighter" was posted on the fire hall's front sign.

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    Craft, Joseph J-E

    Age: 33
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 09/03/2002
    Incident Time:
    Death Date: 09/04/2002

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Responding/Returning from Alarm
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Penn Hills Universal Volunteer Fire Department No.
    2240 Main St.
    Penn Hills, Pennsylvania 15235
    Chief: Ed Turpin

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Craft died of heart failure (a congenital heart defect, tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia) after returning from a call. Funeral: Visitation: 09/05 1900-2100hrs, 09/06 1400-1600hrs, 1800-2100hrs,
    Funeral: 09/07 1100hrs,
    Findlay C. Wylie Funeral Home, 11311 Frankstown Rd. - Penn Hills, Pittsburg, PA 15235,

    Check sent 9/19/02 - $1,000
    Memorial Fund: "Joseph Craft Memorial Fund," Universal Volunteer Fire Department Penn Hills No. 6, 2240 Main St., Penn Hills, PA, 15235
    in care of S&T Bank, 7660 Saltsburg Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239.

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