LODD: NC firefighter suffers cardiac event following training

LaGrange Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry, 51, was found unresponsive in his home less than 24 hours after the training

Duty Death: Charles Wayne Spry - [LaGrange, North Carolina]

End of Service: 05/26/2021


By Laura French

LAGRANGE, N.C. — A North Carolina volunteer firefighter died in the line of duty Wednesday from a cardiac event after returning home from physical fitness training. 

LaGrange Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry, 51, attended the mandated training on Tuesday and was found unresponsive on his kitchen floor by family members the following morning, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

LaGrange Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry, 51, died from a cardiac event the morning after returning home from fitness training, officials say.
LaGrange Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry, 51, died from a cardiac event the morning after returning home from fitness training, officials say. (Photo/LaGrange Fire Department)

The training ran from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday night and Spry collapsed while making a cup of coffee at about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to WITN

Spry had served as a firefighter for 21 years, according to LaGrange Fire Chief Ryan Riley. 

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