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Date: incident date was 1/17/2000; death date was 2/23/2000
Personnel: Charles E Klick, Sr
Age: 67
Agency/Organization: Fiske Union Volunteer Fire Department, Oak Grove LA
Position: firefighter

Summary: Firefighter Klick was the first firefighter to arrive on-scene of a wildland fire. When the first pumper arrived, Firefighter Klick pulled a hoseline and began to attack the fire. When the fire chief arrived at the scene in another pumper, Firefighter Klick told the chief that he was having difficulty breathing and complained of pain in his left arm and leg. Firefighter Klick was provided with oxygen and advised to go to the doctor. Later that night, an ambulance responded to Firefighter Klick's home and transported him to the hospital. He had suffered a small stroke (CVA) and then suffered a major stroke a few days later in the hospital. Firefighter Klick entered a coma and was on life support until his death on February 23, 2000. The death was caused by complications of his strokes. The wildland fire was caused when a trash burning fire got out of control.

 

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