W.Va. firefighter-paramedic dies after on-duty medical emergency

Charleston Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Cuffee, 27, died early Monday morning while working at his station

Duty Death: Jason Cuffee - [Charleston, West Virginia]

End of Service: 07/20/2020


By Laura French

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An on-duty West Virginia firefighter-paramedic died due to a medical emergency at the station early Monday morning. 

Charleston Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Cuffee, 27, was working at the city's Fire Station 3 when he suffered a medical emergency and was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to WSAZ

The Charleston (W.Va.) Fire Department announced the on-duty death of Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Cuffee, 27, early Monday morning. (Photo/Charleston Fire Department Facebook)
The Charleston (W.Va.) Fire Department announced the on-duty death of Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Cuffee, 27, early Monday morning. (Photo/Charleston Fire Department Facebook)

Firefighters had checked on Cuffee after he didn't respond to a call for service, West Virginia Metro News reports

Cuffee had worked at the department for five years, according to Charleston Fire Chief Jeffrey Jackson. 

"He was an important member of our department and is greatly missed," Jackson said in a statement. "Please remember his family, and his extended family at the Charleston Fire Department, during this time."

Cuffee's death is the first line-of-duty death at the department since 1980. 

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