Robert Charles Spinner, Fire Chief

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After completing administrative duties, the morning of July 14, 2017, Interim Fire Chief Spinner left the fire station for a morning run at a local business park. At approximately 1122hrs, a bystander saw Chief Spinner fall. The bystander talked to Chief Spinner to see if he needed help. He refused but soon lost consciousness. The bystander called 911 for assistance and then started CPR.

Firefighters and emergency medical workers provided Chief Spinner with care and transported him to the hospital. Their efforts were unsuccessful and Chief Spinner was pronounced dead at the hospital emergency room.

Incident Location: Vicinity of 215 4TH ST, Lynden, WA 98264-1903 (U.S. National Grid: 10U EV 4003 2146)

Department information

Lynden Fire Department
215 4TH ST, Lynden, WA 98264-1903
U.S. National Grid: 10U EV 4003 2146
Lynden, Washington 98264-1903

Chief: Acting Fire Chief Brandon Brink

Robert Charles Spinner 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.
Age: 50
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: July 14, 2017 12:00
Date of death: July 14, 2017
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training