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    Heart Attack Claims Maine Firefighter During Fire Call

    Heart Attack Claims Maine Firefighter During Fire Call

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    Terry Karkos
    Lewiston Sun Journal

    A longtime volunteer Mexico firefighter died Monday morning after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a Rumford fire call, police said.

    According to a preliminary report, Harding Wentzell, 81, of Mexico suffered an apparent heart attack about 8:30 while driving on Route 2 toward Bridge Street, said investigating officer Mark Cayer.

    Wentzell, the father of Mexico Fire Chief Gary Wentzell, was transported to Rumford Hospital by Med-Care Ambulance and later pronounced dead, said Med-Care Director Dean Milligan.


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    Harding, Wentzell

    Age: 81
    Rank: Firefighter/Fire Police
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 05/05/2003
    Incident Time: 08:30
    Death Date: 05/05/2003

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Mexico Fire Department
    118 Main Street
    Mexico, Maine 04257
    Chief: Gary Wentzell

    Initial Summary:
    After arriving at the scene of a residential kitchen fire, Firefighter/Fire Police Wentzell was enroute to establish a nearby traffic control point (TCP) when he suffered an apparent heart attack causing his private vehicle to leave the roadway and collide into a tree. A Rumford officer and two citizens who were passing by pulled Wentzell from the burning vehicle but all attempts at reviving him failed.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In memory of Firefighter/Fire Police Harding Wentzell, C/o Mexico Fire Department, 118 Main Street, Mexico, ME 04257


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1410

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