MD Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack at Duplex Fire

A volunteer firefighter suffered cardiac arrest while operating at the scene of a fire in Elkton, Maryland. The Friday afternoon duplex fire displaced seven people and a tortoise, among other pets.

A firefighter with the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Department suffered cardiac arrest and was revived with a defibrillator by another firefighter-paramedic, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun ( The injured firefighter was then driven to the hospital.

A second firefighter, from the Singerly Volunteer Fire Department, was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and also taken to the hospital. He suffered the smoke inhalation when he dislodged his ventilator while trying to rescue the tortoise from the burning structure.

For more information on firefighter cardiac health, problems, and treatment, consult Firefighter Health Report: Firefighting Affects Cardiac System, New Study Examines Sudden Cardiac Events in Firefighters, Acute Coronary Syndromes in Firefighters: An “Athletic” Approach to Prevention, and Firefighter Obesity: A Public Safety Risk.

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