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    California Assistant Chief Dies From 1996 Injury

    California Assistant Chief Dies From 1996 Injury


    Firehouse.Com News

    A California assistant fire chief died Wednesday as a result of a 1996 injury he suffered in the line of duty.

    According to a notice from the U.S. Fire Administration, Assistant Chief Harry Zilkan of the Newberry Springs Fire Department suffered a major heart attack while directing operations at a residential structure fire in 1996.

    Zilkan was revived en route to the hospital, but his heart was severely damaged, and left with only 20 percent functionality. A year later, a heart transplant was performed and Zilkan was able to return to limited duties. Recently, the transplanted organ began to fail, leading to his death.

    Zilkan, 56, had volunteered with the department for eight years.

    A memorial fund has been established in Zilkan's memory. For information or to send a donation, contact the Newberry Springs Fire Department at P.O. Box 6, Newberry Springs, CA 92365.

    Fire department officials could not immediately be reached for additional information. Firehouse.Com will post any additional information as it becomes available. The Newberry Springs Fire Department is located in southern California in San Bernardino County, on historic Route 66.


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    Zilkan, Harry

    Age: 56
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Assistant Chief
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 07/01/1996
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time:
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Death Date: 09/10/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Newberry Springs Fire Department
    PO Box 6
    Newberry Springs , California 92365
    Chief: Bob Springer

    Initial Summary:
    While directing fire attack at a residential structure, Assistant Chief Zilkan suffered a major heart attack. Although revived enroute to the hospital, the organ was severly damaged leaving only 20% functionality. A year later, a heart transplant was performed and Zilkan was able to return to limited duties. Recently the transplanted organ began to fail leading to his death.


    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1448

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