Utah Firefighter Dies of Unknown Causes after Fitness Skills Training: August

Utah Firefighter Dies of Unknown Causes after Fitness Skills Training

BOUNTIFUL, Utah  (Deseret News) — A Utah firefighter died from medical complications while participating in training held on August 26, 2011.

According to the Deseret News, South Davis Metro Fire Agency firefighter Steve Cox, 55, died on Sunday from unknown medical complications.

Cox had been employed by the South Davis Metro Fire Agency for 22 years and was recently sworn in as part-time fire marshal for Farmington City.

On Friday Cox was participating in a firefighting skills fitness test when he reportedly complained of breathing and balance issues. He was then treated on the scene by other firefighters. Unable to catch his breath, Cox was transported to Lakeview Hospital. He later became unresponsive. The Deseret News reports that while in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit, Cox's kidneys and liver began to shut down. Cox was then flown to University Hospital, where he died on Sunday.

The Utah State medical examiners are conducting an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

Cox leaves behind a wife and three sons, a daughter and a step-daughter. His death is the first line of duty death for the South Davis Metro Fire Agency.

A funeral is reportedly being planned for Thursday at the Bountiful Regional Center, 835 N. 400 East, in North Salt Lake.


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