Fire Chief Dies of Heart Attack While Preparing to Respond to Crash

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A volunteer fire department is grieving the loss of their chief, who died while preparing to respond to an emergency.

It happened about 5:15 a.m. Saturday.

Director of Jackson County Emergency Services, Walter Smittle tells that Southern Jackson Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Pierson died from a heart attack.

Smittle says Chief Pierson was in an emergency vehicle -- getting ready to respond to a car crash when the heart attack happened.

Funeral services have not yet been set for Pierson.

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