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Mich. captain dies of apparent heart problem

Capt. John Sayles was changing a tire when he started complaining of chest pain

Duty Death: Mich. captain dies of apparent heart problem - [Pentwater, Michigan]

PENTWATER, Mich. — The captain of a Mich. fire department died of an apparent heart aneurysm Wednesday night.

Pentwater Fire Dept. Capt. John Sayles, 38, was changing a tire when he started to complain of chest pain, according to the Mason County Press. reports that Capt. Sayles was on a working house fire 24 hours before he died.

Capt. Sayles then called an ambulance, which took him the hospital. After being admitted, he was then transferred to another hospital to undergo open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm, but died en route.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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