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Ohio FF dies of heart attack related to training

The Vermillion firefighter was found unresponsive at home after already being treated for being unresponsive during a training

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Duty Death: William “Bill” John McCale - [Vermillion]

End of Service: 10/06/2023

By Bill Carey

VERMILLION, Ohio — The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced the on-duty death of Firefighter/Medical First Responder William “Bill” John McCale of the Vermillion Township Fire & Rescue Department on June 10.

On June 5, McCale was attending training and pulled a 5-inch large-diameter hose from the hosebed to connect to the intake when he was found unresponsive at the pump panel, the USFA reported.

McCale was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released on June 8. On June 10 he was discovered unresponsive by his wife. He was immediately transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.