Alabama Assistant Chief Collapses at Fire Scene

An Alabama fire officer fell ill at a structure fire Monday morning, and went into cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of the ambulance.

Springfield Vol. Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Stanley Martin Jr., 71, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the Alabama Firefighters Association.

Following suppression activities, Martin, the apparatus operator, complained of shortness of breath. Chief George Henderson requested an ambulance. However, Martin went into arrest, and was assisted by personnel. 

He was transported to Greene County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officials from the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs/Alabama Fire College are working to support the family and the local firefighters.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.