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Madison firefighter collapses and dies Sunday shortly after finishing shift

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Fire Department and Fire Fighters Local 311 are reporting the unexpected passing of Firefighter/Paramedic Richard Garner.

Garner collapsed suddenly in Mount Pleasant shortly after completing his shift with the Madison Fire Department Sunday morning, April 1, 2018.

Garner joined the Madison Fire Department on September 24, 2012. He served as a firefighter/EMT at Fire Station 5 until moving to Fire Station 10 and eventually becoming a paramedic in 2017.

Garner is recognized by his peers for his passion for the fire service, working with youth, giving back to the community on- and off-duty, and encouraging others to consider a career in firefighting.

His large personality and contributions to the department will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held in Garner’s hometown in California.

A memorial service in Madison is tentatively planned for Friday. Details will be added to this story when they become available.

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