Steven Rae Terry, Firefighter/Paramedic

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Firefighter/Paramedic Terry was on-duty. Prior to coming on-duty, he had completed a weekend of military drill in the previous days. He complained of being sore all over.

Firefighter/Paramedic Terry’s unit started the shift with a public education visit to a local school. From Noon to 1330hrs, Firefighter/Paramedic Terry and other firefighters participated in a mandatory annual firefighter agility test. The testing was completed without incident. The engine arrived back in quarters at 1400hrs for lunch.

Firefighter/Paramedic Terry requested and received permission to nap. The crew prepared and ate dinner together. At 2000hrs, he was seen asleep in the crew area of the fire station. At approximately 2125hrs, firefighters attempted to wake Firefighter/Paramedic Terry but found him unresponsive.

Firefighters provided emergency medical treatment and transported Firefighter/Paramedic Terry to the hospital. He was pronounced dead due to a heart attack at 2209hrs.

Incident Location: Station 9 - 24064 Lake Lindsey Rd Brooksville FL 34601 (U.S. National Grid: 17R LM 6923 6850)

Department information

Hernando County Fire Rescue
60 Veteran's Av
U.S. National Grid: 17R LM 6306 5922
Brooksville, Florida 34601

Chief: Scott Hechler

Steven Rae Terry was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 53
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 16, 2017 09:33
Date of death: October 16, 2017
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty