LODD: Ark. Capt. stricken on EMS call, dies

Poyen Fire Capt. Dennis Channell, 54, suffered a stroke while on a medical call Sunday night


POYEN, Ark. — A fire captain died Monday after reportedly suffering a stroke while on a medical call.

ArkansasMatters reported that Poyen Fire Capt. Dennis Channell, 54, suffered a stroke on Sunday night and died Monday afternoon.

"He was here for as long as anybody can remember us having a fire department," Fire Chaplin Mike Sullivan said. "In a larger full-time department it hurts anyway, but when these are volunteers, when these are regular men who are just trying to make a difference, it's very difficult."

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Fire Chief Claude Hardin said firefighter Channell was very active with the department and he helped raise money for the department's yellow engine, according to Fox16.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday and funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Regency Funeral Home. 

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