- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Columbia fire lieutenant who died in the line of duty was 44 years old and a 25-year veteran of the department.

Mayor Muriel Bowser says Lt. Kevin McRae died Wednesday morning after battling a high-rise apartment fire. She says McRae’s company was the first to respond to the fire, and they spent 50 minutes putting out the flames. She says McRae collapsed after he left the building. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

McRae joined the department in 1989 after coming through the cadet program. Bowser says he leaves behind a wife and three children.

McRae was the 100th District firefighter to die in the line of duty. His cousin, James McRae, died of a heart attack in the line of duty in 2007.

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