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Firefighter stricken during W. Pa. emergency call

November 4, 2013
Associated Press

KERSEY, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter has died after he was stricken while reporting to a vehicle accident.

The Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department in Elk County says 58-year-old Blaine "Skeeter" Wildnauer Jr. died when he responded to the crash about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

The Elk County coroner's office has ruled his death by natural causes, without offering specifics. Details were being withheld at the request of his family.

Wildnauer had been a volunteer with the fire company for 40 years.

Wildnauer's death is only the second in the line of duty by a firefighter in the 75-year history of the Fox Township company. Another firefighter died of a medical emergency on a call in 1956.



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