We regret to announce the line of duty passing of Firefighter Nation member Cecilia Turnbough.

According to Statter 911, 43-year-old EMT the died while training Sunday afternoon. The mother of three was taking Firefighter I after eight years on the EMS side of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department (Prince William County, Virginia).

While the class was participating in the maze at the county training academy, Turnbough did not come out and instructors found her in cardiac arrest.

Her husband, Chris (FFN Profile), is a volunteer lieutenant with Dale City, according to Statter 911. One of her sons, currently serving in the Navy, is also a member.

Official Department Statement

This afternoon, EMT Cecilia Turnbough, of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department died during a routine training exercise as part of an entry level Firefighter certification class. The training involved maneuvering through a maze. Training was conducted with no smoke or fire. The incident occurred at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville. EMT Turnbough was transported by the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue to Prince William Hospital, where she was treated and later pronounced dead.

Cecilia was 42 years old, was a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and had served as a volunteer for the past eight years with the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department. She had recently begun training to expand her capabilities to include firefighting.

The entire Fire and Rescue family would like to express its condolences to EMT Turnbough’s family, including her husband, Lt. Chris Turnbough of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department. Information about services will be posted on the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Web site (www.dcvfd.org) when available.

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She and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
this is sad to hear of a sister fall in the line of duty. our prayers will be with her family, friends, and DCVFD.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. A sister has joined the great Fire Department in Heaven. She will never be forgotten.
my thoughts and prayers to her family, friends and her department.
MAY GOD WATCH OVER THE FAMILY OF OUR FALLEN SISTER.MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS.GOD BLESS THEM ALL. SEE WILL BE MISSED

CAPT MIKE GABLE
LEROY FIRE RESCUE
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Deepest Sympathy to all of you
all I have to say that we'll be praying for her family, and I'm sorry we lost hero.
God bless her for her service.... may God bring peace and healing to her family and department...
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May God be with Chris and his family, as well as his brothers and sisters of the Dale City VFD. All our hearts are heavy with sorrow your lose.
so sorry to hear of this loss as when one falls we all feel it thoughts and prayers to the family and the dept

captian james underhill

Theodosia volnteer fire dept
My thoughts and prayers to the Turnbough family and the members of Dale City FD.


Floyd Aldridge Jr
DCFD Technician (RETIRED)
What a burden of sadness for her immediate family and firefighter family- especially those who were both. I thank them for their service. RIP

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