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Saint David firefighter dies after collapsing during training drill

ST. DAVID, Ariz. – A Saint David Fire District firefighter has died in connection to a training exercise Wednesday.

Firefighter Joshua Eugin, 36-years-old died in a fire drill/Saint David Fire District

According to SDFD, Joshua Eugin and his fellow firefighters were participating in a multi-department, “blackout drill”. Authorities said this drill simulates a burning building rescue, featuring training fog.

SDFD Fire Chief Loyal Gephart said the 36-year-old collapsed in front of about a dozen people. He said CPR was immediately administrated and he was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later passed away.

Gephart said Eugin was with the department for 11 months and had previous military experience.

The cause of death has not yet been released. Funeral arrangements are in the works.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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