MT Department of Natural Resources Fire Officer Dies During Exercise

April 22, 2024
John N. Raisler, 59, suffered an apparent heart attack during practice for a pack test.

Firefighters from across Montana turned out for a final salute to Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Assistant Fire Management Officer who died on April 16.

John Norris Raisler, 59, suffered a medical emergency during a practice for a pack test. He received CPR immediately and he was transported to a local hospital where he died.

The cause of death was an apparent heart attack, accoring to the U.S. Fire Administration.

“John was a well-respected member of the fire community in Eastern Montana, having served as a volunteer for the Custer County Rural Fire Department, as a member of the DNRC all-hazards County Assist Team, and as an advocate for continuing education as a training facilitator for the Fire Protection Bureau," according to a release from the agency. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew and loved John, particularly with his wife, Lori, and his four children. We kindly ask that you respect the privacy of his family and the Eastern Land Office team as they navigate through this period of mourning,” DNRC Director Amanda Kaster said in a statement.

Fellow firefighters from Custer County Rural Fire Department, DNRC and agencies across the state attended his funeral service over the weekend.  

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