Ariz. fire chief dies unexpectedly

FireRescue1 Staff

KINGMAN, Ariz. — Darrell Raburn, fire chief of the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, died Monday morning.

Mohave Daily News reported that Chief Raburn, 64, was pronounced dead at a hospital where he was taken after a 911 call from his wife. Chief Raburn was unresponsive when emergency personnel arrived at his home.

Raburn, who served as the department’s fire marshal and public information officer, had more than 30 years of service in fire prevention. He had been working for the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department for seven years and served as its chief for the past six months, according to the report.

“Everybody seems to be doing as well as can be expected after a loss that was so unexpected,” said Battalion Chief Jody Hall.

Battalion Chiefs will command fire department operations until an interim chief is selected, according to the report.

A memorial service is scheduled Saturday at noon at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, 1691 N. Oatman Rd., in Bullhead City, Ariz.

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