- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) - A volunteer firefighter has died from complications after he suffered a heart attack while battling a brush fire in the northwest Vermont town last week.

Fifty-eight-year-old Steven Lapierre died Thursday, becoming the first member of the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department to die in the line of duty in the 64-year history of the fire company.

Lapierre suffered a heart attack while helping to extinguish the brush fire on April 27.

Fire Chief Keith Baker says Lapierre “embodied the spirit of local public service.”

Lapierre was a volunteer firefighter in Georgia for more than 40 years and served as the town’s fire warden for almost two decades. He retired from the St. Albans City Fire Department in 2010.

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