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S.C. fire captain suffers heart attack at scene of multi-vehicle crash

EMS providers resuscitated Sandridge Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Doug Delk within 10 minutes and transported him to a hospital


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By Leila Merrill

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A fire captain was reportedly in stable condition after having a heart attack while responding to a three-vehicle crash Friday, according to WCSC.

Sandridge Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Doug Delk became ill at the scene of a crash involving a charter bus, a pickup and an SUV that injured nine people, Berkeley Central Assistant Fire Chief Colt Roy said. The bus caught fire, but was put out quickly.

Delk was resuscitated within 10 minutes and transported to a hospital.

“First off, everyone is relieved. This could have ended much worse,” Roy said. “Just the amazing actions by our responders on scene. Everybody feels a lot better about it because if this wouldn’t have happened there, it could have happened somewhere else where he wasn’t surrounded by the level of professionals he was when it happened.”

Cross Central Berkeley and the Charleston and Berkeley Fire Departments also responded to the crash.