A Connecticut EMT/firefighter was found unresponsive behind the wheel of an ambulance Sunday night.
Redding Fire Lt. G. Marshall Sanford, was a former fire chief and 50-year veteran firefighter, according to The News-Times.
Sanford was preparing to drive the ambulance to a brush fire, according to reports.
The company responded to the call at about 6:30 p.m., Roese told reporters.
"Our condolences and prayers go out to the first lieutenant's family in their hour of sorrow," according to a statement released by the volunteer department.
Sanford was also a part-time EMT with Redding EMS, and a member and vice president of the Bethel Fire Department.
The newspaper also reported that Sanford was a former national president of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America, and received the organization's most distinguished award, the William L. Robinson Award.
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