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    Fire officer dies after training

    Fire officer dies after training

    A veteran Seminole County fire lieutenant died Friday after a training exercise.

    Lt. Frank Kucera, 43, was taken to South Seminole Hospital in Longwood shortly before 2 p.m. after complaining he felt ill, said Alan Harris, emergency-management operations manager. Kucera died at the hospital a short time later.

    An autopsy will be performed, Harris said.

    Kucera joined the county Fire Department in June 1981, about a year after graduating from Lake Brantley High School.

    "He clearly knew that he wanted to be a firefighter," Harris said.

    Kucera received his firefighter certification from Seminole Community College and was promoted to lieutenant in October 1990.

    Kucera was praised for his loyalty, motivational skills and for being a team builder.

    "This is a great loss to our community," said Fire Chief Terry Schenk. "He will be greatly missed."

    Funeral arrangements have not been made, but Kucera will be buried with full honors, Harris said.


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    Firefighter Mysteriously Dies After Training Exercise
    Posted On: May 30, 2005 (12:05:40)

    A 24-year veteran firefighter in Seminole County, Fla., mysteriously died Friday after a routine training exercise, according to Local 6 News.

    Officials said Lt. Frank Kucera had just returned to station 12 in Altamonte Springs after a training exercise when he suddenly felt ill and died a short time later at a hospital.

    The cause of his death remains a mystery Saturday.

    Kucera's fellow firefighters said he was the best of the best and was always committed to his work.

    "The position of lieutenant is one where you have to look out for your crew and he took that to heart," Seminole County Fire Chief Terry Schenk said. "He thought of them always, safely, they'll miss him so much."

    Kucera leaves behind a wife and daughter, Local 6 News reported.

    Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

    http://www.iaff758.com/index.cfm?zon...m&HomeID=20801

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    Kucera, Frank

    Age: 43
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 05/27/2005
    Duty Type: Training
    Incident Time: 13:37
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 05/27/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Seminole County Fire Rescue
    150 Bush Blvd
    Sanford , Florida 32773
    Chief: Terry Schenk

    Initial Summary:
    Member returned from training exercise feeling poorly and was transported to an area hospital where he died; suspected of suffering a cardiac incident.

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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