In Georgia, a 20-year-old fireman lost his life while sleeping while on his first shift.
Newly recruited fireman Efren Medina died while doing his duties on Saturday, April 17, according to the St. Marys Fire Department.
The young man died in his sleep in the firehouse while working his first 24-hour shift, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
His death’s reason and nature are stated as being unclear, and the report states that the event is still under investigation.
He was well recognized for his lifelong dedication to and love of the fire service. The department stated that they really value the outpouring of concern, support, and sympathies during this incredibly hard time.
Efren had attended to a medical emergency that day with his squad, and when they had gone back to the firehouse to sleep, they were unable to rouse him up until many hours later.
Action News Jax quoted Fire Chief Tom Lackner as saying: “Just don’t know why he wouldn’t wake up… He was medically cleared. Don’t know; everything came back clear.”
According to a GoFundMe page created to help Brittany Vasquez, Efren’s wife, he was “extremely compassionate, pleasant, and industrious. Efren was committed to training to be a firefighter and compassionately assisting others as an EMT.
He always made her laugh, and he always attempted to lighten the atmosphere, according to his wife Brittany. He cherished spending time with and doing things with others.
To date, the campaign has generated more over $10,000 to assist his wife in paying for the service, travel, and any further unforeseen expenses.
Let’s pray the reason for his passing may be discovered so his family can find some solace. His wife Brittany is in her thoughts and prayers. Peace be upon him.