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    Dallas Recruit, 46, Collapses, Dies at Training Academy

    Dallas Recruit, 46, Collapses, Dies at Training Academy
    Air Force Vet Was Starting Second Career

    HEATHER L. CASPI
    Firehouse.com News

    Updated: 02-13-2003 12:04:18 AM


    A Dallas Fire-Rescue trainee collapsed Wednesday morning during a training exercise at the facility's drill tower.

    Wayne K. Clark, 46, was retired from the U.S. Air Force and began training for a second career as a firefighter with Dallas Fire-Rescue on November 20, said Lt. Joel Lavender.

    "He had an upbeat personality, excellent attitude, and was a class favorite," Lavender said. "For lack of a better term, he was just 'good people.'"

    Clark collapsed while running on the drill tower, Lavender said. Clark was in full or partial firefighting gear. Lavender said officials are getting together the details and investigating the incident.

    After Clark collapsed at about 8 a.m., instructors on the scene immediately began CPR. He was transported to Baylor Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 9:00 a.m.

    The exact cause of death is being investigated by the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

    Clark is survived by his wife and two young children, a nine-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, Lavender said.

    Funeral arrangements are pending. The last line of duty death at Dallas Fire-Rescue occurred on December 5, 2002, when Capt. Michael L. Depauw suffered a heart attack while battling a house fire.



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    Clark, Wayne K

    Age: 46
    Rank: Trainee
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 02/12/2003
    Incident Time: 08:00
    Death Date: 02/12/2003

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death:
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Training
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
    1500 Marilla 7AS
    Dallas, Texas 75201
    Chief: Steve E. Abraira

    Initial Summary:
    Collapsed and died from a cause still to be determined while participating in exercises at the departments

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