Marine Firefighter Collapses at South Carolina Base

USMC Corporal Robert (Bobby) M. Weber, Jr., 23, collapsed for an unknown reason while riding the rescue man position on the Crash Truck, August 16, at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC.

A member of Marine Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Webers was with this crew sitting at the ready response position (Hot Spot) on the airfield when he collapsed for an unknown reason. MCAS Aircraft Rescue Dispatch contacted the MCAS Structural Fire Division for medical assistance. MCAS Structural Firefighters and MCAS Aircraft Rescue Firefighters both performed CPR and medical treatment on scene and MCAS Fire Department used the AED to try and revive the downed Marine Firefighter. Beaufort County EMS arrived on scene and transported the patient to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where the emergency room doctors pronounced him dead at the hospital.

Corporal Weber was riding the rescue man position on the crash truck that night and was responsible for the rescue of any trapped or injured pilot in the event of an actual crash.

Corporal. Weber joined the Marine Corps on August 9, 2001. He attended Recruit Training during December 2001 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina. Cpl Weber went to the Louis F. Garland, Department of Defense Fire Academy, at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas for his Military occupational specialty as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter and Structural Firefighter.

After Completion of this school Cpl Weber became assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort SC in December 2002. Assigned as a crewmember, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Corporal Weber devoted himself to service and aircrew safety, establishing himself as an outstanding leader among his peers. During Corporal Weber