Firefighters mourn colleague who died of a heart attack

Joel Lytle, 37, leaves behind a wife and 4-year-old child; funeral services are pending


KILLEEN, Texas — Firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own who died of a heart attack Tuesday.

Killeen Daily Herald reported that crews were called to the residence of 37-year-old Joel Lytle. Lytle was a firefighter with the Harker Heights (Texas) Fire Department, and also spent nine years with the Killeen (Texas) Fire Department.

He joined the Killeen Fire Department in 2005 and left in 2014 when he went to HHFD. While at KFD, he served as a firefighter-paramedic, was part of the rescue team and was a fitness coordinator at the department.

Firefighter Joel Lytle (Courtesy photo)
Firefighter Joel Lytle (Courtesy photo)

"I got to know Joel Lytle in the brief one year he was with us, and he cast a giant footprint in our department and the city," Harker Heights Fire Chief Jack Collier said.

Firefighter Lytle is survived by his wife and 4-year-old child. Funeral services are pending.

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