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LODD: Fla. fire engineer dies overnight while on duty

Tallahassee Fire Department engineer Jeffery Atkinson was a 17-year veteran of the department

Duty Death: Jeffery Atkinson - [Tallahassee, Florida]


By FireRescue1 Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A fire engineer died overnight Thursday while on active duty.

WTXL reported that Tallahassee Fire Department engineer Jeffery Atkinson,43, was a 17-year veteran of the department.

Tallahassee Fire Department engineer Jeffery Atkinson,43, was a 17-year veteran of the department. (Photo/TFD)
Tallahassee Fire Department engineer Jeffery Atkinson,43, was a 17-year veteran of the department. (Photo/TFD)

"It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that the Tallahassee Fire Department reports the Line of Duty Death of Engineer Jeffery Atkinson," TFD said in a statement. "Engineer Atkinson has served the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County for over 17 years and he will be greatly missed."

Mayor Andrew Gillum also posted a statement on Facebook.

"The City of Tallahassee is deeply saddened by the loss of Tallahassee Fire Department Engineer Jeff Atkinson, only a day after his 43rd birthday,” the statement said. “My heart goes out to his wife Nina, four-year old daughter Austin, and his other family and colleagues during this difficult time. I urge our community to celebrate his life as a brave first responder and public servant of our city."

No other details were released. We will update you when more information becomes available.

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