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Charleston firefighter who passed away on duty remembered fondly

Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 10:38 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2020 at 5:51 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A five-year member of the Charleston Fire Department passed away while on duty Monday.

According to the department, firefighter and medic Jason Cuffee suffered an apparent medical emergency while on duty at Fire Station 3.

Cuffee was known previously for his high school and college basketball career. Those who worked with him say it helped him connect to the community.

Fire officials described him as fun-loving and always ready to work. They instruct others to follow in his footsteps.

“Be like Jason,” said Charleston Fire Department Lt. David Hodges. “Cuffee didn’t know any strangers, and he never left a bad impression with anyone”.

Officials say he was transported to Charleston Area Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“FF/Medic Cuffee started his tenure with the Charleston Fire Department in May 2015. He was an important member of our department and is greatly missed,” said Chief Jeffrey Jackson. “Please remember his family, and his extended family at the Charleston Fire Department, during this time.”

This is the first on-duty death at the Charleston Fire Department since Aug. 27, 1980.

“We are saddened today to share the tragic passing of FF/Medic Jason Cuffee,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “Our hearts are with his family, friends and the entire Charleston Fire Department during this time.”

Monday afternoon, emergency vehicles were driven across town with their lights flashing in his honor.

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