Detroit Firefighter Dies After Apparent Heart Attack

A 65-year-old Detroit firefighter has passed away after suffering an apparent heart attack.

The U.S. Fire Administration reported that on November 20, Captain Walter Szelag became ill from an apparent heart attack while on-duty with the City of Detroit Fire Department’s Fire Boat 1.

According to initial reports, crew members radioed for an ambulance to be sent to the fire boat station where Szelag was working to prepare the fire boat for the winter season. Captain Szelag was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital but succumbed to his injury.

He had 16 years of service.

Szelag was the second Detroit firefighter to die recently, as last week also saw the death of Sergeant Vince Smith, who passed away in his sleep at the fire station.


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