- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Columbia Fire Department is mourning the death of one of their own when a 25-year-veteran firefighter died Sunday after falling ill earlier in July.

Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said Firefighter Tyron Weston, 51, fell ill on July 3 and was on his way to recovery when he died Sunday morning.

Jenkins said Weston has been a member of the Columbia Fire Department since August 1990. He spent his career working on first shift at Station 8 Engine 8 located on Atlas Road, before serving his last years at Station 31 Engine 31.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized for Weston but more information will be released when it becomes available.

Shortly before Weston’s death, Firefighter James Allen Jetzke Jr. died on July 13 with his family by his side. Jetzke was a member of the fire department since September 2008. He previously served as a volunteer firefighter with Portage Township Fire Department in South Bend, I.N. for 15 years.

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