FirefighterNation.com has learned that a Canton, Ohio fire captain has died while participating in a charity event.
Captain James M. Hall was playing with fellow firefighters in a charity basketball game against police officers on May 30, 2009 when he suddenly collapsed. CPR was immediately started, however he was unable to be revived. Captain Hall was a member of the Canton Fire Department for over twenty years.
In 2003 Hall was recognized by the department as Firefighter of the Year for actions he and another firefighter performed to rescue a young boy from a house fire.
An investigation into why Hall collapsed is pending. No official cause has been stated.
It is sad to hear that another brother is lost. May he rest in peace and the Lord be with his family and friends as well as the members of the Department and community that he served. Their tragedy will be in our hearts.
My condolences to the immediate family, fire department family, and all his global brothers and sisters that share in the quest to bring safety to their community. Capn. Hall was giving of himself for the benefit of those less fortunate when he was struck. Just an all around amazing human being. Giving so others may live a safer and better life. Thank You Capn. for your years of service and your dedication to your family and your community. Rest in Peace.. Chief Tarnowski, (Ret.) Atlanta Ga.
I would go with the comrades of the brave Captain of Canton, Ohio and his family at this very difficult time. A big hug.
On behalf of the Firefighters from the Group of Firefighters Volunteer Argentina.
Debido a que somos parte de una gran hermandad sin fronteras quiero acompañar a los camaradas de este valiente Capitan en este momento tan dificil. Un gran abrazo.
Again my condolences to all.