LODD: NY firefighter dies during training exercise

Firefighter Robert Bush was feeling ill during training, and fellow firefighters offered him medical help immediately

Duty Death: Robert Bush - [Homer, New York]

End of Service: 10/19/2019

By Patrick Lohmann
Syracuse Media Group

HOMER, N.Y. — A firefighter with the Homer Fire Department died Saturday after falling ill at a training, according to the fire chief.

Firefighter Robert Bush was feeling ill during a training, and his fellow firefighters offered him medical help immediately, chief Mahlon Irish Jr. said in a Facebook post.

“Bush was transported to the local hospital where revival efforts continued. However, the outcome was unsuccessful,” Irish said. “I cannot express how proud I am of our members who initiated treatment. This is the worst-case scenario in my mind when we have to render aid to one of our own."

Irish thanked other fire departments that have offered sympathy and to assist the department.

The chief’s statement did not say what Bush’s cause of death was, and it didn’t give more details about what the training entailed.

The department also posted a Homer Fire Department logo with a black bar across it to mourn Bush’s death.

The chief’s full statement is below:


***Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Robert Bush - Homer, NY*** The Homer Fire Department is deeply saddened to report...

Posted by Homer Fire Department on Sunday, October 20, 2019


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