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N.C. safety officer suffers heart attack at home after training

The Youngsville Fire Department stated that Louis was a mentor to generations of firefighters


Safety Officer Louis Dunston.

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By Bill Carey

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. — The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has announced the on-duty death of Youngsville Fire Department Safety Officer Louis Dunston, on Feb. 20.

On Feb. 19, Dunston was participating in departmental training. The training ended at 10:00 p.m. and afterward, Dunston went home.

At approximately 9:58 p.m. the next evening, he suffered a heart attack at his home. EMS responded but was unable to revive him. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

In a Facebook post, the department stated that Louis was always willing to lend a hand for his community, and was a mentor to generations of firefighters.