W.Va. Fire Chief Stricken Clearing Culvert

A West Virginia fire chief collapsed while helping at an incident last week. 

Lake Fire Chief George Underwood, 64, died of an apparent heart attack, the USFA reported Tuesday.

"Fire Chief Underwood responded to a call of localized flooding that was affecting residential properties in the community. While attempting to clear a blocked culvert with a hose line, Underwood fell ill and collapsed at the scene from an apparent heart attack," according to the USFA.

He was treated by local responders, and transported to the hospital where he died. 

His death brings to 34 the number of firefighters killed on duty this year.

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