Calif. Firefighter Dies of Apparent Heart Attack in Station

A California firefighter suffered an apparent heart attack in his station on Monday, and later died.

Greg Hennessey, 49, was found by colleagues in Orange County Station 45, according to The Patch.

His friends at Rancho Santa Margarita started CPR and other life saving measures but they were not successful. He was transported to a Mission Hospital where he was pronounced dead about 40 minutes later.

A former Eagle Scout who worked for the department for 24 years, he never forgot his opportunities, and mentored youths in the Explorer programs in RSM and Mission Viejo, the paper reported.

“Today we have lost a valuable family member,” OCFA Chief Keith Richter said. “Greg was a respected engineer and indispensable mentor to the young lives that he helped. We are assisting the Hennessy family during this difficult time, and appreciate the support from those around us.”

Hennessey began his career with the OCFA in 1990 and worked for 11 years as a firefighter until he was promoted to engineer in 2001.