Former Ohio Fire Chief Collapses During Detail

A founding member who also headed his Ohio fire department died Tuesday while on a water delivery detail.

Former Adena Fire Chief Edward Richard Bernosky, 79, died of an apparent heart attack while wrapping up from a water detail.

Medics and fellow firefighters administered CPR, but Bernosky didn’t respond, according to Terry Marshall, assistant fire officer.

He said Bernosky had been with the fire company for more than 50 years, and served as its chief for two decades or longer.

“He saw it progress from shovel until now,” Marshall said. “It’s a big loss for us.”

Marshall explained that the fire department shuttles water to areas where it isn’t available. On Tuesday, they had made a delivery to a storage tank for a remote camping area.

“We help people who don’t have access to potable water.”

The department has one tanker, one engine, a brush truck and a support vehicle. Marshall added that they’re always looking for volunteers.

Friends will be received at The Borkoski Funeral Home located on Bridge Street in Adena, OH on Friday, March 23 from 7-9 p.m. with fire department services at 7:30 p.m..

The viewing will be held on Saturday from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., when a memorial service will take place.

Donations may be made to The Adena Volunteer Fire Company.

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