Firefighers on Long Island are preparing to offer a final salute to Capt. George A. Turner Jr.
Turner, who was with the Trident Engine Co. 3, had an apparent heart attack while turning out for a crash on the Long Island Expressway, fire officials announced on the company's website.
He has been the top responder for the past several years.
He was an eight year member of the Jericho Fire Department with previous service in the Locust Valley, Glenwood and Glen Cove fire companies.
In December 2012, he was elected captain. In addition to his service in his own department, he was also a very active member of the rehab team, part of the 9th Battalion HazMat Decon Task Force.
Turner's death marks the third line of duty death in the Jericho Fire Department's history.
In 1984, Firefighter/Chaplain John Carlson passed when the apparatus he was responding on was involved in a motor vehicle wreck. And in 2001, Firefighter Glenn Winuk was killed in the performance of his duty at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
A wake will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-5 and 7-9 Monday at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Hicksville.
A firefighter memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at Jericho Fire Department Station #1 at 411 North Broadway.
All apparatus are to stage in the parking lot of the Milleridge Inn Parking lot (585 North Broadway). Shuttle buses will be available between the parking area and the fire station.
A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul the Apostle Church.