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LODD: Ill. firefighter dies after cardiac arrest

Lawrence Matthews, 36, collapsed at a house fire; he leaves behind a wife and four kids

Duty Death: Lawrence Matthews - [Dolton, Illinois]

By FireRescue1 Staff

DOLTON, Ill. — A firefighter died Saturday after collapsing at a house fire.

Lawrence Matthews, 36, was battling a blaze at a mobile home park when he began to experience shortness of breath and leaned on a fence for support. He collapsed shortly after and was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Lawrence Matthews (Photo/Univ. of Chicago)
Lawrence Matthews (Photo/Univ. of Chicago)

Ten years ago last week, Matthews received a heart transplant. He has been with Dolton Fire Department since 2009.

Matthews leaves behind a wife and four kids. 


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