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    Florida Firefighter Stricken At Scene

    Florida Firefighter Stricken At Scene

    LON SLEPICKA
    Firehouse.Com News

    The Darlington-Gaskin Fire Department in Walton County Florida, lost firefighter Rupert Allen Fuller "Junior" when he responded to a medical call on October 20 and fell ill on scene.

    Fire Chief Ronald Prokop said the call went out for a woman down and he responded. Fuller, 76, arrived soon after and began treating the patient who had struck her head. Fuller complained of a headache and moved to an area to rest. A second ALS was called after the woman was transported and Fuller was transported to a hospital in Geneva, Alabama. He was later transported to a hospital in Dothan for surgery for an aneurysm but died on October 24.

    Chief Prokop said Fuller had operated a country store until he retired. The store, now run by his daughter, was the home of the first firetruck in the area which Rupert kept gassed up and ready to go. According to Prokop, some of the local people still call the store to report fire department related incidents.

    Darlington-Gaskin FD now has two stations in the county and Fuller was very active in the operations. He was currently getting his certification as Firefighter 1.

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    Fuller, Rupert Allen "Junior"

    Age: 76
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 10/20/2002
    Incident Time:
    Death Date: 10/24/2002

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Illness
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Non-Fire Emergencies
    Activity Type: Providing EMS
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Darlington-Gaskin Fire Department
    5239 State Highway 2 E
    Westville, Florida 32464
    Chief: Ronald Prokop

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Fuller had responded to an emergency medical call (head injury) and soon after arrival on scene complained that he was not feeling well. Fuller was rendered aid by an ALS unit and transported to the hospital where was treated for an aneurysm and died several days later.


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