Washington Firefighter Collapses after Call

Updated: 07-06-2007 01:54:33 PM

Courtesy of KVEW-TV

KENNEWICK, Wash.-- For many in Kennewick's Fire Station one, this was unexpected especially for somebody so young.

Thirty-eight-year-old Eric Lyons' death is still undetermined.

We do know that last night he and other firefighters went out to a fire.

Things we're described as normal when they came back, but shortly thereafter, Lyons experienced medical problems.

They tried administering medical aid to Lyons and he was transported to Kennewick General early this morning.

They were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at one-twelve this morning.

We talked with Benton County Coroner Rick Corson today and he says an autopsy would occur either tonight or by tomorrow.

Still, this has shocked the Kennewick Fire Department.

"The station one crew that immediately provided assistance are taking it hard. It's one of their brothers on their shift but they're professionals and they're pretty good right now," said Neil Hines, Kennewick Fire Chief.

Prior to coming to Kennewick he served as a firefighter in Spokane and East Wenatchee.

He is survived by his parents and a brother in California.

They are expected to arrive in the Tri-Cities tomorrow.

The family and fire department is planning on starting a fund under his name.

There are also no plans yet on funeral arrangements.

We will give that information as soon as it comes available.

Republished with permission of KVEW-TV.

Firefighter Eric Lyons
Kennewick Fire Department