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    California Firefighter Dies After Fire

    California Firefighter Dies After Fire

    Updated: 11-09-2005 04:02:19 PM

    Firehouse.Com News

    A firefighter with Lewiston Volunteer Fire Department located in north central California, died fighting a fire October 26 where he became ill.

    Walter L. Sykes Jr., 48, was at a structure fire on the hose with another firefighter at the rear when he indicated he was not feeling well, according to Chief Clint Chandler. He moved to the front of the structure where paramedics assisted him into an ambulance.

    Sykes was transported to Mountain Community Medical Services in Weaverville where he later died of a heart attack.

    The fire destroyed the two-story home of former department fire Chief Jesse Cox.

    According to Fire Chief Clint Chandler, Sykes moved to Lewiston from Roseville about 1 1/2 years ago. Having never been a firefighter before, he took all of the training courses including the rigorous wildland firefighting course to be able to work with the 20 member department.


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    Sykes, Jr., Walter L.

    Age: 48
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 10/26/2005
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 10:30
    Activity Type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
    Death Date: 10/26/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Lewiston Volunteer Fire Department
    100 Texas Ave.
    PO Box 113
    Lewiston , California 96052
    Chief: Clint Chandler

    Initial Summary:
    While operating at the scene of a residential chimney fire (no spark arrestor), Firefighter Sykes suffered a heart attack and died. Funeral Arrangements: Memorial with full firefighter procession will be Saturday, November 19, 2005, 1400 hours. Firefighters who are bringing apparatus are being asked to assemble at the staging area, Fremont Avenue & Texas Avenue by 1330 hours. Chief Chandler is serving as the information contact for the fire departments who will be participating - (530) 623-6372. Location of Services: Lewiston Elementary School Gymnasium, 685 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, CA 96052

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Firefighter Sykes had been actively involved in the planning of a new Fire Station. Therefore, the community felt it appropriate to offer that tax deductible donations can be made to: Lewiston Fire Station Fund, c/o Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF), 373 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524.



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