- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A Denver firefighter who fell through a skylight while battling a blaze nearly three weeks ago has died of injuries that he was expected to survive.

The Denver Fire Department says 46-year-old John Whelan died Wednesday night after shortness of breath sent him to the hospital and he went into cardiac arrest.

The city’s medical examiner confirmed Thursday that the 15-year department veteran died of complications from his injuries in the fall, which included internal injuries as well as a broken arm and ribs.

Whelan fell about 20 feet as he checked to make sure a dumpster fire hadn’t spread to a nearby building on June 28. He was expected to survive and had been sent home from the hospital before his death.

He is survived by a wife and a son.


This story has been corrected to show the date of fire was June 28, not June 23.



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