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Air National Guard firefighter dies after falling ill during house fire

Published: Jul. 28, 2015 at 1:32 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2015 at 1:32 PM EDT
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Captain Alan Hicks was found unresponsive after he was sickened during a house fire. (Source:...
Captain Alan Hicks was found unresponsive after he was sickened during a house fire. (Source: Facebook.com)

STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An Air National Guard firefighter has passed away after officials say he was sickened while helping put out a house fire in Stanly County.

Captain Alan Hicks' body was found in the bedroom of Station 27 early Monday morning after returning from a late night fire along the 39000-block of Kemp Road in Albemarle. He was 44 years old.

According to the Air National Guard, Capt. Hicks and another firefighter were called out to the fire Sunday night to help assist crews on scene. They took a water tanker to the scene.

Once there, officials say crews needed additional help inside the home and Capt. Hicks was part of that crew.

Firefighters eventually evacuated the home after conditions inside became too dangerous.

According to ANG officials, Capt. Hicks became sickened at the scene with nausea and vomiting. About an hour later, he reportedly said that he was feeling better.

That's when Capt. Hicks and the other firefighter returned to the station and went to bed.

Monday morning, the other firefighter couldn't find Capt. Hicks and went into his bedroom to check on him. That's where he found Capt. Hicks unresponsive around 7:30 a.m.

The firefighter attempted to resuscitate him using CPR, but Capt. Hicks was unable to be saved.

According to the Air National Guard, Capt. Hicks has been active with the group since July 2010. He lived in Cabarrus County.

"Alan will never be forgotten and will always be a part of our family." NCANG Fire Emergency Services Fire Chief Daryl Cook reiterates the accolades for Captain Hicks contributions to the community. "He was a passionate Firefighter and Fire Captain who was interested in getting the best training and equipment for the community, the department and his fellow firefighters. He played an intricate role in strategic equipment planning that will resonate in our department for years to come."

Captain Hicks is the first member of NCANG Fire Emergency Services to pass away in the Line of Duty.

"We have lost a valuable firefighter who will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all of us that worked with him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife and his children."

He is described by family and friends as a hardworking, dedicated family man and a passionate firefighter. Alan chose the career path of firefighting in order to be able to serve the community he was raised in.

A Line of Duty Death Firefighter funeral will be held for Captain Hicks.

His body was sent to Medical Examiner's Office to determine the official cause of death.

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