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Volunteer Fire Capt Dies Following July Stroke

Having responded to couple calls earlier, Capt. Joseph Liedel was leaving his house for another call when he collapsed

By Firefighter Close Calls

Monroe (Mich.) Charter Township Fire Department Captain Joseph Liedel suffered a major stroke July 31 while responding to a call; he died in the line of duty Sunday.

Captain Liedel was on a couple of other calls just 2-3 hours prior to his medical emergency. Captain Liedel, while in the process of responding to an emergency medical call, left his residence to get into his vehicle and collapsed next to his vehicle.

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His department was dispatched about 4 minutes after the original call and arrived to see Captain Liedel lying in the grass.

At that time they could tell he was very ill and he then was rushed to Monroe Pro Medical Hospital where they found a major brain bleed. Captain Liedel was flown to Pro Medical Toledo Hospital for further care, where he remained until he died yesterday. Captain Liedel was 48 years old, single and had no children.

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