New England firefighter dies suddenly while prepping for call
Paul Cloutier served with Webster Fire/Rescue and volunteered with the Muddy Brook Fire Department
By Leila Merrill
WEBSTER, Mass. — Firefighter Paul Cloutier, 52, died suddenly Tuesday while preparing to respond to a call, according to Webster Fire/Rescue.
Cloutier had served with Webster Fire/Rescue since March 2021 and was assigned to Group 1.
He also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Muddy Brook Fire Department in Woodstock, Connecticut, where he lived, serving as a lieutenant and president.
The Muddy Brook Fire Department described him as an avid SCUBA diver.
Both departments expressed condolences to Cloutier’s family and asked for prayers.
“As a firefighter and a friend, Paul was a deeply valued member of our team and always ready to answer a call for help,” the Webster department said in a Facebook post.