An L.A. Fire Department captain collapsed on the job today and was pronounced dead at a hospital, the LAFD says.
Capt. Matthew G. McKnight, a 31-year veteran of the department, collapsed at the end of a 5-hour watch shift at the Metropolitan Fire Communications Center early this morning, according to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey:
Fellow LAFD employees discovered him down at the facility at 500 East Temple Street downtown about 1:07 a.m., Humphrey said.
The 51-year-old was taken to USC+LA County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Despite an exhaustive effort by colleagues who immediately performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Captain McKnight proved beyond medical help and was declared dead Monday morning at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.
Those who want to wish the department condolences can do so at the LAFD's Facebook page, Humphrey said.
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The L.A. County Department of Coroner would determine the cause of death.
The LAFD states:
The members of your Los Angeles Fire Department remain deeply appreciative of the kindness and support of so many at this difficult time.