Firefighter McRae was on-duty as the driver of Truck 12. Firefighter McRae reported for duty at 0700hrs on July 6, 2007. During the course of the shift, Firefighter McRae and the members of his fire company performed fire station and apparatus maintenance duties, conducted a fire inspection, attended a meeting, and responded to 3 emergency incidents.
At 0050hrs on July 7, 2007, Firefighter McRae awakened another paramedic firefighter and asked the firefighter to medically assess him. Firefighter McRae was not feeling well, he was having difficulty breathing and he was coughing. Three minutes later, an ambulance was requested.
Firefighters provided paramedic-level emergency medical care to Firefighter McRae and he was transported to a hospital by ambulance. At approximately 0315hrs, Firefighter McRae was transferred by medical helicopter to another hospital. Firefighter McRae was pronounced dead at 0415hrs. The cause of death was a heart attack.
For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2007-23 (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200723.html).