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    Firefighter Dies After Responding To Call

    Firefighter Dies After Responding To Call
    Cause Of Death Is Unknown

    Story by wpxi.com

    WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. -- A Westmoreland County firefighter died at his fire station Thursday night.

    The firefighter has been identified as William Bierbower, 72, of North Huntingdon.

    He died at the Fairmont-Hahntown Station Number 6 after responding to an alarm.

    Station flags are flying at half-staff Friday.

    There is no word yet on what caused his death.

    An autopsy is being preformed Friday.

    Funeral Information

    Visitation will take place Saturday, October 16 from 7-9pm at The Joseph F Ott Funeral Home Inc., 504 Oak St, Irwin Pennsylvania. Phone (724) 863-8900.

    Visitation will also take place on Sunday, October 17 from 3-9pm at The Church, Sutersville - Rillton Road, Sutersville Road. Phone (724) 446-1550. Firefighters will also have a service at 7pm.

    The Funeral will take place Monday, October 18 at 11am at The Church, Sutersville - Rillton Road, Sutersville Road. Phone (724) 446-1550.


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    Bierbower, William E.

    Age: 72
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 10/15/2004
    Duty Type: After
    Incident Time: 00:50
    Activity Type: Standby
    Death Date: 10/15/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Fairmont-Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department
    890 Rose Street
    North Huntingdon , Pennsylvania 15642
    Chief: Art Bilesimo

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Bierbower responded to his fire station for a mutual aid response. The response was cancelled by the requesting department prior to the departure of any apparatus. Firefighter Bierbower was speaking with the person completing the paperwork associated with the incident when he suddenly collapsed. Firefighters began CPR, and an ambulance was called. Firefighter Bierbower was transported by ambulance to the hospital but was not revived. The cause of death was listed as hypertension and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease

    Memorial Fund Info:
    C/o Fairmont Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department, Rose Street, North Huntingdon, PA 15642

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

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    PA Firefighter Collapses, Dies at Station

    Date: Saturday, October 16 @ 01:00:00 PDT
    Topic: News-Spec Report

    A North Huntingdon Township firefighter died Friday after he responded to a call, according to the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office.

    William Bierbower, 72, of Fairmont Street, collapsed at the Fairmont-Hahntown Fire Station, the coroner's office said. He was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. yesterday in the emergency room at Mercy Jeannette Hospital.

    Results of an autopsy were not available from the coroner's office late last night.

    Bierbower's death is considered a "line of duty death," which entitles the family to certain benefits, said Daniel A. Stevens, public information officer for the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.

    Stevens said representatives from the Fairmont-Hahntown fire department, the state fire commissioner's office and the county's public safety department would hold a press conference this morning to discuss Bierbower's death and funeral arrangements.

    Bierbower was a volunteer fireman for 45 years with the Fairmont-Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department and a former volunteer with Rescue 8 in North Huntingdon. He was a member of the Westmoreland County, Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State firemen's associations.

    The Joseph F. Ott Funeral Home Inc. of Irwin is handling the funeral arrangements. Firefighters will hold a service at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Church in Sutersville.

    http://www.ninn.org/newscenter/modul...print&sid=6577

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