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Richard Eugene Paul

Fire Apparatus Operator

Fire Apparatus Operator Paul and the members of his company reported to a medical office to complete their annual physical examination. Fire Apparatus Operator Paul completed other elements of the physical examination and began the treadmill portion of the activity. Approximately 3 minutes into the treadmill test, Fire Apparatus Operator Paul became ill. As treatment began, Fire Apparatus Operator Paul suffered a heart attack. CPR was begun by medical staff and other firefighters. Fire Apparatus Operator Paul was transported to the hospital but did not recover. The cause of death was listed as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2011-04 (
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Richard Eugene Paul was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Kansas City Fire Department
635 Woodland AVE, STE 2100
USNG: 15S UD 6509 2966
Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Chief: Richard "Smokey" Dyer

View NIOSH Report

Age: 54
Rank: Fire Apparatus Operator
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 7, 2011 10:30
Date of death: January 7, 2011
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: December 03, 2014

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