S.C. Fire Lieutenant Dies Following Training


Lt. Dillon C. Denton, 64, of the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Fire Department died Tuesday after being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, said Stephen Blackwelder, Lancaster County Fire Marshal.

Denton had participated in fire hose loading activities when he informed other firefighters he wasn't feeling well around 8 p.m. Monday.

He began to feel worse and Lancaster County paramedics called for a helicopter to take him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

He died early Tuesday morning, Blackwelder said.

Denton had about 30 years of experience in fire service, and had been volunteering in Lancaster County for the past two years, Blackwelder said.

"He worked at the Bowater Corporation on the fire brigade for a number of years," Blackwelder said. "After he retired, he still wanted to do that kind of work, so he volunteered with the Van Wyck department in his retirement."

Denton's death is considered a line-of-duty medical death, he said.

Denton was a member of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. He served in the Army National Guard.

A funeral service for Denton will be 3 p.m. Friday, at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service