Chittenden, VT, Fire Captain Collapses, Dies after Response

July 9, 2024
Capt. Charlie Parker was found unresponsive in the Chittenden firehouse after returning from a barn fire.

A veteran Chittenden volunteer fire officer is being mourned by colleagues.

Capt. Charlie Parker answered his final alarm Monday night.

After returning with the tanker from a barn fire, Parker collapsed in the firehouse, according to an announcement on the department's Facebook page.

A fellow firefighter found him and life-saving efforts were initiated. But, Parker could not be resuscitated.

He had been with the department for 40 years. 

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