Ohio Fire Captain Dies During Diving Instruction Class

A Sugarcreek firefighter died Friday afternoon while participating in an advanced diving instruction class at the White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg.

Capt. Michael Burgan, 46, showed signs of distress more than 15 minutes into his second dive before losing consciousness around 2:15 p.m., according to The Times Reporter.

He was recovered from a depth of about 61 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Burgan dived for both the fire department and the Holmes County dive team.

"We're unsure at this time what happened, whether it was a malfunction with the equipment, or he had a medical emergency," said Sugarcreek Fire Chief Jim Harrison told the newspaper.

Harrison said that the 20-year member of the department was extremely dedicated.

"He was one of those guys who you could call at 3 o'clock in the morning, and he would be there, no questions asked."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Firehouse.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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