Veteran Jacksonville (FL) Fire and Rescue Department Captain Dies in Line of Duty

A 21-year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department has died.

Dan Scanlan

The Florida Times-Union

(MCT)

A 21-year veteran of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department has died.

And fire officials said Thomas Barber’s Monday morning death at a Macclenny hospital was in the line of duty.

The 51-year-old captain was assigned to Rescue 25 at 423 Manor Drive, right off Timuquana Drive, fire officials said. He had served on the Westside for the majority of his career, as well as serving in the U.S. Navy.

A line of duty death can occur while working in the station or on fire equipment, or up to 24 hours after a shift, fire officials said.

No details of Capt. Barber ‘s death were released, other than it was not from COVID-19, fire officials said.

Capt. Barber is survived by his wife, three children and his parents.

No details of his funeral have been released yet, but he will be buried with full fire department honors, officials said.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Veteran Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department captain dies in line of duty

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