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DC firefighter dies after medical emergency at training academy

Technician Alex Graham, Engine 21

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Darcy Spencer & Gina Cook, WRC-TV/NBC4:

A 48-year-old firefighter died in Sunday days after suffering a medical emergency at the D.C. Fire and EMS training facility in Southwest, fire officials confirm to News4.

“It is with great sadness and sorrow that I am informing you of the passing of Technician Alex Graham from Engine Company 21,” D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean said in a statement.

Graham suffered a “critical medical emergency” on Thursday. It’s not yet clear what sort of illness or injury he suffered.

Dean said staff and physicians at George Washington University Hospital did all they could to help Graham.

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Graham was awarded D.C. Fire’s 2018 Firefighter Of The Year award “for displaying the highest degree of skill, zeal, judgment and ingenuity,” the president of the D.C. firefighter’s union said during the ceremony.

Mayor Muriel Bowser released the following statement following Graham’s death:

Today, our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of Alex Graham, Engine 21, and our entire Fire and EMS team. Alex served our city with dignity and courage for 17 years. With every tour, he made our city safer and our community stronger. His courage, leadership, and sacrifice were a source of comfort and strength at Engine 21 and in the community. Just as Alex was there for our community countless times during his years of service, now our community will be there for his family, loved ones, and the Fire and EMS family during this difficult time.

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