N.C. recruit dies after medical episode during pre-employment fitness test

“This is an absolutely tragic day for the fire service, Andrew’s family, and his wife, Stephanie," said Greensboro Fire Chief Jim Robinson


By Leila Merrill

GREENSBORO, N.C. —  A Greensboro Fire Department recruit died Wednesday morning after suffering a medical episode during the pre-employment fitness assessment, WFMY reported.

Andrew Vaughn, 36, was finishing the last lap of a 1.5-mile run when he collapsed. He reportedly said that his legs were cramping and he could not stand.

Fire officials said the assessment includes the run, plus sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups, with the run being the first in the series.

He was scheduled to join the department’s recruit class on Sept. 1.

In a statement, Greensboro Fire Chief Jim Robinson said, “this is an absolutely tragic day for the fire service, Andrew’s family, and his wife, Stephanie. … The Greensboro Fire Department is devastated by Andrew’s untimely death. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved him. Please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”

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