OH Firefighter Stricken at Drill, Dies of Heart Attack

June 27, 2023
Vermilion Township Firefighter William 'Bill' McCale, 50, fell ill June 5 at a training drill.

An Ohio firefighter died earlier this month after he fell ill while attending a drill with his department.

On June 5, Vermilion Township FF/First Responder William 'Bill' McCale, 50, pulled a five-inch hose from the hose bed to connect it when he was stricken, the U.S. Fire Administration reported.

Fellow firefighters immediately treated him and he was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center. He was released after treatment on June 8.

Two days later, he was found in his backyard. He was rushed back to the hospital where he died of an apparent heart attack. 

He had been with the department for 13 years. 

McCale was also the Chief Engineer for the City of Vermilion Fire Department for 12 years before joining the Vermilion Township Fire Department.  

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