Brazos County volunteer firefighter dies during training

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 4:46pm

BRAZOS COUNTY -- BRAZOS COUNTY -- A routine exercise at TEEX Brayton Fire Training Field in College Station turned tragic last night after a fire fighter collapsed and died.

Brazos County Precinct 3 volunteer firefighter, 69-year-old William Richard Danes (the man pictured in the middle) was participating in ladder evolution training when he began experiencing weakness.

On his way down from the ladder Danes collapsed.

EMS immediately began performing CPR and Danes was transported to the College Station Med where he later died.

"You couldn't be around him and not smile," said Precinct 3 Fire Chief, Gerald Burnett, as he remembers Danes. "

"He had a very upbeat outlook. He was very positive, had a great attitude about the fire service and a good attitude about life in general."

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