A top firefighter in Long Island is reported to have died during a training exercise in Suffolk County, New York.
Hauppauge Fire Chief Stephen Feron died suddenly while training with the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Team on Saturday.
His parent agency reported that Feron was a second-generation fire chief and that many nearby agencies sent members of their respective departments to pay respects at the Central Islip Hauppauge Ambulance Company.
“It is with profound sadness that the Chief’s Office announces the Line-of-Duty Death of Ex-Chief Stephen A. Feron of the Truck Company,” HFD wrote on Facebook. “Chief Feron passed while operating at a training exercise with the Suffolk County Urban Search and Rescue Team on Saturday.
We extend our deepest condolences to the Feron and Fallona families. We also thank the Central Islip Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corps. for transporting Chief Feron to the Medical Examiners Office as part of the dignified transfer. We would like to thank all of our neighboring fire departments for their show of respect this afternoon during the transfer to the Medical Examiner.”
The nature and cause of Feron’s death is unknown, and officials could not be reached for further comment.
According to the New York Post, the USAR training involved maritime rescue operations.
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