N.C. Captain Dies After Responding to Vehicle Fire

A fire captain with the White Oak Fire Department in Bladen County, N.C. died Tuesday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency following a response the previous day.

Capt. David Tatum responded to a vehicle fire on Monday and fell ill while on the scene, according to The North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

After leaving the scene, Tatum returned home, where he later collapsed.

He was transported to a local hospital before being transferred to another where he was put on life support.

He was pronounced dead around 1 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Tatum is survived by his wife, Regina; his children David Tatum Jr., Chris Tatum, Lisa Mahoney, Michelle Brown and Thomas Layton; and 15 grandchildren

Funeral Arrangements:

Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, N.C.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church.

Burial will follow at the Grimes Tatum Cemetery in Dublin, N.C.

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