Officials say 26-year-old firefighter recruit died after medical emergency during training
Family members say he passed on his 26th birthday.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield officials say a 26-year-old recruit died Saturday morning following a medical emergency during physical training.
Chesterfield County Fire and EMS reported the death of Firefighter Recruit Tyvaughn Eldridge, a Richmond resident. Officials say he died early Saturday after a medical emergency on July 1.
A release from Chesterfield County said the emergency happened during daily physical training, but additional details were not disclosed.
His parents, Ragene Carter and Thomas Eldridge, remember their son as being very involved in his community, working for multiple years as a youth leader with Henrico PALS and its after-school programs.
“He had a smile that would bright up any room and always willing to lend a helping hand. We will always love and miss him very much,” the parents said in a statement.
He was surrounded Saturday by family and members of Chesterfield’s Fire and EMS.
“We are heartbroken by this sudden loss and our sincere condolences go out to Firefighter Eldredge’s family and friends,” stated a release from Chesterfield County. “This is a tragic loss of an amazing young man who made the commitment to serve his community.”
At this time, the department requested privacy until more details can be released.
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