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Rhode Island volunteer firefighter dies after collapsing while on duty

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A Rhode Island volunteer is dead after being killed at the scene of a chimney fire.

Pascoag VFD Lieutenant Richard Jenks was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on the scene of the fire, moments after he was dragged out.

Tripping and falling inside, the firefighter wanted to continue to battle the blaze, but eventually succumbed.

”He refused right until the last minute,” Deputy Chief Keith Carter said. “He always put himself behind the next person in front of him.”

Despite being 72-years old, the US Air Force veteran and career lineman was reportedly full of life and built “like a bodybuilder.”

According to WPRI, his death was hard on the department, and was the first line of duty death in the agency’s 114-year history.

“Every day, people should really count their blessings,” Carter said. “Because when that alarm rings, you just don’t know. You don’t know.”

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