Rhode Island Firefighter's Funeral is Saturday

He was dressed in his gear when he fell ill.


BRISTOL, RI -- A longtime volunteer with the Bristol Fire Department collapsed and died early Monday as he was preparing to respond to a vehicle fire.

Wayne Brown, a fire police officer, was dressed in his yellow response gear when rescuers found him at his home, said Chief Robert Martin.

Not feeling well, Brown called for an ambulance, the chief said.

"I've been here for 30 years, and he was here before me," Martin said Monday afternoon. "He was one of our senior members who still supported us by being a member of the Fire Police."

On Saturday, firefighters from Warren, Portsmouth and Tiverton will handle calls in Bristol.

Funeral Services

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Sansone Funeral Home, Bristol. Firefighters will gather as a group at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Bristol. Interment will be private.

Firefighters attending the service are asked to gather at Mt. Hope High School about 8:30 a.m. Buses will transport personnel downtown to the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bristol Fire Department.