LODD: Conn. deputy fire chief dies of heart attack

Deputy Fire Chief David Fiori, 59, had responded to an incident within 24 hours.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — A deputy fire chief died Monday of an apparent heart attack.

NBC Connecticut reported that David Fiori, 59, deputy fire chief at the New Britain Fire Department, died Monday morning after experiencing a medical emergency in his office.

A firefighter who worked with Fiori said members on duty at the time “heard a loud noise in [Fiori’s] office” and rushed to find him in an apparent cardiac arrest. Firefighters came to his assistance, but efforts to save him were unsuccessful.

Fiori was a 36-year veteran of the department and served as lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and acting assistant chief, according to the report.

“The loss of Deputy Chief Fiori is a tremendous loss for our members and department,” Fire Chief Thomas Ronalter said. “Deputy Chief Fiori was, and is, held in the highest regard by the members of this department. His passing creates a void in our department that will be felt for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Fiori’s family.”

Fiori previously served as a U.S. Marine.

“The entire City of New Britain mourns the loss of a dedicated public servant and dear friend, Deputy Chief Fiori,” New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said in a statement Monday. “Our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers are with the entire Fiori family at this time.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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