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February 15, 2013

Okla. firefighter dies after fight with fellow firefighter

Dale Patterson suffered fatal injuries in the incident at the Strother Fire Department

By EMS1 Staff

STROTHER, Okla. — A volunteer firefighter in Oklahoma died after a fight with another firefighter at the firehouse, according to reports.

Few details have been released about the altercation on Thursday, but authorities said no arrests have been made. The victim was identified was Dale Patterson, 56.

Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith said Patterson was transported to the OU Medical Center but died from his injuries.

Strother Fire Chief Nicholas Nadeau told KOCO that Patterson joined the department in 2007. Patterson was captain at the department and also served as its chaplain.

"He showed great leadership, great personality," Chief Nadeau said.

Patterson previously worked as a drug enforcement officer in New Mexico before moving to Oklahoma to retire, according to the report. The name of the other firefighter involved in the fight has not been released.

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