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    LODD Washington Firefighter Dies After Water Training Outing

    Washington Firefighter Dies After Water Training Outing


    The Ocean Shores community in Washington is struggling with the loss of one of its most admired residents, a leader known for his dedication to training.

    Capt. Rob McLaughlin, 40, died Wednesday, of injuries suffered Monday during a water training exercise with the Ocean Shores Fire Department.

    The untimely death has left his colleagues stunned, and searching for answers, said Matt Krick, also a firefighter/paramedic.

    "We're devastated. With only nine career and 25-28 volunteers, we're very close-knit..."

    McLaughlin, the father of three, was stricken after being dumped into the ocean when a personal water craft overturned. He was a passenger on the vessel, operated by a fellow firefighter.

    There were no signs of injuries, and an autopsy will determine if McLaughlin suffered a medical condition.

    "It was a freak accident," Krick said Wednesday afternoon. "It was no one's fault. It just happened..."

    McLaughlin was known statewide for his training expertise, and enjoyed sharing his skills with other firefighters. "He was just a super guy. He was our B shift captain..."

    But, he meant so much more to many in the Ocean Shores area, Krick said. "He was our hunting and fishing buddy..."

    Funeral arrangements below
    Ocean Shores Fire Dept.
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    Courtesy of the Ocean Shores Fire and Emergency Care Department

    Capt. Rob McLaughlin

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    Funeral Information

    Robert E. McLaughlin
    September 16, 1965 ~ March 22, 2006
    It is with deep regret and great sadness that the City of Ocean Shores Fire Department and IAFF Local 2109 announce the death of Captain Robert E. McLaughlin. Captain McLaughlin is survived by his wife, Christine, two daughters, Christa and Katalin, and son, Killian.

    Robert died on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 from drowning during a water training exercise on Monday, March 20, 2006. Robert began his service in Ocean Shores as a volunteer in 1991, was hired full time in 1996 and promoted to Captain in 2000. He was very active in the Ocean Shores Surf Rescue Team and served as President of IAFF Local 2109 at the time of his death.

    Memorial Service
    Wednesday, March 29, 2006 ~ 2:00 p.m.
    Ocean Shores Convention Center
    120 W. Chance A La Mere Avenue, Ocean Shores, WA 98569
    Questions can be directed to the Public Information Officer at 360-580-3586

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