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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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27 Comments on "New Hanover County firefighter dies during training exercise"

Rémi Drouin
2015 years 10 months ago

Our prayers from Québec FD are for the family. Good bless you brother.

2015 years 10 months ago

I think its good you bring this information to light. People always seem to rally around and cry “the brotherhood” when something happens and then leave you out to dry any other time. Thanks for commenting and something that probably goes on behind the scenes.

Robert Austin Allison
2015 years 10 months ago

To the family, friends and extended family – sorry for your loss. Here is a poem I wrote – hope this helps in this difficult time of sorrow, grief and remembrance.


Thanks for your service.

2015 years 10 months ago

The fact that you chose this stage and certainly this situation to make some kind of point eliminates any chance you have of making a point. Ranting on the article of a fallen firefighter, that’s classy. There is a time and place for everything, your timing and placement is wrong on so many levels. Hopefully you’re a politician now, if not, you should consider it, given the lack of shame you possess.

Jane Boney
2015 years 10 months ago

I just saw this on Facebook:

Wilmington Service will be held at Port City Community Church, 250 Vision Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28403; 1:00 p;.m., Sat., October 19
Concord Service will be held at First Assembly
154 warren C. Coleman Blvd.
Concord, N.C. 28027
3:00 P.m. ,, Oct. 20th, Sunday


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