LODD: Mont. fire chief dies after training
Chief Tom Martin, 65, died in his home after attending live fire training the night before
Duty Death: Tom Martin - [Black Eagle , Montana]
By FireRescue1 Staff
BLACK EAGLE, Mont. — A fire chief died in his home Saturday after attending live fire training the night before.
Great Falls Tribune reported that Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Martin, 65, died. He was a 20-year veteran of the department.
"It's a tough loss," Assistant Chief Mike Deshayes said. "He was a huge mentor to a lot of us and he was a pillar to the community of Cascade County."
Chief Martin joined the department in 1994 and became chief in 2009.
"The fire department was his life," Deshayes said. "He put his heart and soul into the department ... he was all about helping people, helping the community. The big push was to give back to other fire departments in the county, so when they called, we went. It didn't matter."
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