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    South Carolina Firefighter Dies After Responding To General Alarm Fire

    South Carolina Firefighter Dies After Responding To General Alarm Fire


    MARIA WAICKOWSKI
    Firehouse.Com News

    South Carolina firefighter Kenneth Eugene Sterling, 43, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday, April 10, after responding to a general fire alarm.

    Sterling was awakened from his sleep at approximately 7 a.m. and responded with the Westview-Fairforest Fire and EMS truck. He returned to the station with other firefighters at 7:30 a.m. and left the station when his shift ended at 8 a.m.

    At 1 p.m. he was driving alone in his own car to visit his parents, David Eugene and Brazella Snoddy Sterling, in Greer, SC. His father's brother had passed away in the latter part of last week and he was going to help make funeral plans when, an eye-witness reported, Sterling swerved off the road and was seen slumped over at the wheel. A nearby fire department from Greenville County responded, but they were unable to revive him.


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    South Carolina Firefighter Dies After Responding To Fire

    Courtesy of Herald-Journal

    SPARTANBURG, SC-- Kenneth Eugene Sterling of 605 Ethel Road, died Saturday, April 10, 2004. He was the son of David Eugene and Brazella Snoddy Sterling.

    He was a 1978 graduate of Greer High School, member of the 1978 State Championship of Greer High School and graduated from Denmark College. Mr. Sterling was an EMS Firefighter for the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department, Greenville City Fire Department, BMW Fire Department and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. He received a Distinguished Service Medal of Honor Award in April 2002. He was also a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

    Survivors include one daughter, Briana Sterling of Florence, SC; two sons, Drew Austin Sterling of Florence, SC, Quentin David Sterling of Atlanta, GA; five sisters, Dianne (Barry) Cook and Mary (Calvin) Davis, both of Taylors, SC, Annette Sterling, Elaine Sterling and Patricia Sterling, all of Greer, SC; one brother, Frankie (Mary) Sterling of Taylors, SC; a devoted companion, Earleen Simpson of Spartanburg, SC; daughter, Naranda Miller of Spartanburg, SC; son, Naran Miller of Spartanburg, SC; and one grandson, Memphis Black of Spartanburg, SC.

    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004, at St. Mark United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery. Rev. Morris Waymar will officiate. The body will be placed in the church at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

    Sullivan Bros. Mortuary, Inc.


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    Sterling, Kenneth Eugene

    Age: 43
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 04/10/2004
    Duty Type: Other
    Incident Time: 13:00
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Death Date: 04/10/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Westview-Fairforest Fire and EMS Department
    4247 Anderson Mill Rd.
    Moore , South Carolina 29369
    Chief: Danny R. Knight

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Sterling died of an apparent heart attack while operating his privately owned vehicle several hours after coming off-shift from the firehouse where he had responded to emergency calls that morning.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In memory of Firefighter Kenneth Eugene Sterling, C/o Westview-Fairforest Fire and EMS Department, 4247 Anderson Mill Rd., Moore, SC 29369



    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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