Wis. fire chief dies after call of apparent heart attack

Chief Mortensen had 42 years in the fire service, 38 of those as chief

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BROOKLYN, Wis. — Longtime Brooklyn Fire Chief Phil Mortensen passed away suddenly Saturday. Mortensen, 67, had served as the village’s fire chief for nearly four decades. Neighboring fire department colleague Randall Pickering, fire chief in Fitchburg, said the cause of Mortensen’s death has not been officially declared, but responders believe he had a heart attack.

Mortensen was found Saturday outside of his auto shop in what was suspected as cardiac arrest. Brooklyn EMS and fire crews responded, beginning CPR and transport to the hospital. Med flight was also called due to poor road conditions from an earlier blizzard, but despite the life-saving efforts of many, Pickering said Mortensen did not make it.

Pickering, who also serves as president to the Wisconsin Fire Service Administrative Association, said although Mortensen didn’t die on a call, his death is considered a line-of-duty death since he died within 24 hours of responding to an emergency call.

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