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    Firefighter Dies Days After Stricken on the Job

    Firefighter Dies Days After Stricken on the Job


    Courtesy of The Madisonville Messenger

    Two days after suffering a heart attack while at a fire, a Madisonville firefighter died Friday afternoon.

    According to a Regional Medical Center spokeswoman, Capt. Kenneth Wayne Taylor, 49, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday at the hospital.

    Taylor, a 26-year veteran of the Madisonville Fire Department, was one of 13 firefighters called to the scene at 1190 W. Noel at 8:34 a.m. Wednesday. Taylor was helping to pull hose when he suffered the attack.

    Firemen at the scene gave Taylor CPR, and he was taken to Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

    The fire gutted the back bedroom and caused heavy smoke damage to the rest of the upstairs apartment. There were no other injuries reported.

    " We lost a friend and we lost a great firefighter," said Maj. Bill Mattingly, a shift commander at Madisonville Fire Department.

    Taylor served as shift commander when the commander was off duty.

    Fire Chief Tom Williams said Taylor attained the rank of captain about three years ago after serving as a lieutenant for several years before that. Williams worked with Taylor for most of Taylor

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    Taylor, Kenneth Wayne

    Age: 49
    Rank: Captain
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 10/09/2002
    Incident Time: 08:30
    Death Date: 10/11/2002

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

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Madisonville Fire Department
    98 East Center St.
    Madisonville, Kentucky 42431
    Chief: Thomas A. Williams

    Initial Summary:
    Captain Taylor died in the hospital from a heart attack he had suffered two days earlier while working an apartment building fire. Funeral: Wednesday, October 16, 1400hrs, Young's Funeral Home, South National Street (Hwy. 431), Russellville, KY Memorial Fund: In the name of Captain Kenneth Wayne Taylor, c/o Madisonville Fire Department, 98 East Center St., Madisonville, KY 42431

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