Arizona Firefighter Dies at Station

Updated: 06-26-2005 03:45:57 PM

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An Arizona firefighter passed away in her sleep while on duty at the Pinetop Fire Department, officials reported.

According to the department's web site, Valeree Claude, age 33, died unexpectedly in her sleep on June 24th while on duty at Pinetop Fire Station 2, located at 5976 Bucksprings Road.

Claude began her employment with the Pinetop Fire Departmentas a reserve firefighter on March 7, 2003 and was hired as a full-time firefighter on July 1, 2003. She was well-liked and respected as one of the department's fitness instructors and a member of the Pinetop Fire Department's Wellness Committee.

Claude is survived by her husband Travis, her children Chance and Chandler, and other immediate family.

Funeral arrangements are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00 am at the Show Low LDS Downtown Chapel, located in Show Low, Arizona.

The Pinetop Fire Department is a combination department situated in the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona, approximately 200 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Pinetop fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.

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