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    Philadelphia Firefighter Collapses at Scene

    Philadelphia Firefighter Collapses at Scene

    Firehouse.Com News

    Funeral arrangements are pending for a Philadelphia firefighter who collapsed at a house fire early Saturday morning.

    Firefighter Tracy Champion, 49, was treated at the scene by medics, and rushed to Lankenau Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    "Champ," as he was known to his friends, spent the majority of his 20-year career at Engine 54, and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2004. "He was very helpful to everyone, especially the younger guys," said Jamilah Jones, who's worked with Champion for the past three years.

    "He was always so active. He liked to ride his motorcycle, shoot pool and bowl. He really liked sports. That's why we can't believe it. He was always doing something."

    When he wasn't on duty at Engine 54, Champion also worked with two different ambulance companies, Physician's Choice and Jeff STAT. "He also loved spending time with his family," Jones said, adding that his friend leaves behind a wife and two sons.

    Champion is the 279th firefighter to die in the line of duty since the Philadelphia Fire Department was founded in 1871.

    Information about the funeral service was incomplete Sunday night.

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    Champion, Tracy

    Age: 49
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 01/28/2006
    Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
    Incident Time: 02:31
    Activity Type: Salvage and Overhaul
    Death Date: 01/28/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Philadelphia Fire Department
    240 Spring Garden St.
    Fire Administration Building
    Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19123
    Chief: Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers

    Initial Summary:
    Having along with other firefighters brought a house fire under control in 29 minutes, Firefighter Champion collapsed at the scene during overhaul operations from a heart attack. He was treated by Fire Department medical personnel on the scene, and then quickly transported to Lankenau Hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending. Funeral Arrangements: 02/04/2006, Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave., Philadelphia, PA (near City Line Ave/Route 1). Viewing, 0900-1100hrs. Funeral Service to follow @ 1100hrs. Internment at Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 Baltimore Pike, Philadelphia, PA.

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