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49-year-old Kansas firefighter dies after training session

Associated Press - January 23, 2015 6:17 pm

Officials worry this year's potential for a fire outbreak in Kansas could be worse than last year, when the state saw its biggest known wildfire.

A 49-year-old southwest Kansas firefighter has died after experiencing difficulty breathing during training.

Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton says Ronnie Peek and other firefighters were participating in scheduled training Thursday night when he started having trouble breathing. The 16-year veteran of the fire department was taken to St. Catherine Hospital, where he died.

Shelton says the department will issue more information later about memorials or ways to help his family.

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