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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– A New Hanover County fire captain has died from an apparent heart attack while participating in a training exercise.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Monday, New Hanover County Fire Rescue Captain David Heath, a 10-year veteran, collapsed while participating in a training exercise. Despite an exhaustive effort by colleagues who immediately performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Heath died. He was 48.

Heath was assigned to the Professional Development Division, and worked out of Station 17 at 5901 Murrayville Road.

Formal arrangements are still pending.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Fire Service in SE NC = Lip service carries more weight than job performance.

It is funny to hear everyone’s true feelings of Bean or the feelings of others repeated. Yet, I remember when everyone always wanted to be part of his crew – cause he had a reputation for having fun, teaching you something new and most importantly because it was his belief that you were his first responsibility.

Others may preach the same, but they don’t live it. The administration felt he was a risk because they were intimidated by his followers loyalty. Yet, they were the crew… Read more »

NHCFR Firefighter
2016 years 2 months ago

What if I’m a woman? I won’t leave anymore comments…

Jason B.
2016 years 2 months ago

First…. I would like to say that I respect and thank alot of the both of you.

Steve…You really don’t know Bean. I’ve known Bean before our department was ever established. He was one of my Lieutenants. This man was one of NHCFR best when it came to the job. One of the best pump operators (not to put anyone down)around. One of the best dispatchers we evr had. Would do anything he can for his friends. One of the best guys I know. I would fight any fire with him any day. He worked for us in the not… Read more »

NHCFR firefighter
2016 years 2 months ago

Steve Hunt = classiest person NHCFR ever produced
Butterbean = laziest person NHCFR ever released.
That’s the real legacy.

2016 years 2 months ago

Does anyone have information regarding the funeral arrangements?

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