NC EMS officer dies during medical assist call

Davidson County Rescue Squad Safety Officer Richard Montgomery went into cardiac arrest while assisting two other agencies on a cardiac arrest call

Duty Death: Richard Montgomery - [Lexington, North Carolina]

End of Service: 04/23/2020


By Laura French 

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A member of a North Carolina rescue squad died Wednesday while assisting on a medical call. 

Davidson County Rescue Squad Safety Officer Richard Montgomery went into cardiac arrest while assisting the Churchland Fire Department and Davidson County EMS on a cardiac arrest call, according to the Churchland Fire Department.

Davidson County Rescue Squad Safety Officer Richard Montgomery died Wednesday while assisting on a cardiac arrest call. He had joined the squad in 2019 and helped lead the squad's Juniors Program. (Photo/Davidson County Rescue Squad Facebook)
Davidson County Rescue Squad Safety Officer Richard Montgomery died Wednesday while assisting on a cardiac arrest call. He had joined the squad in 2019 and helped lead the squad's Juniors Program. (Photo/Davidson County Rescue Squad Facebook)

Firefighter Close Calls reports that Montgomery was performing CPR at the time of his death. 

"He joined us last year and hit the ground running. He has accepted responsibility of our Juniors Program along with many other tasks. His mother said that he passed away doing what he loved," Davidson County Rescue Squad Vice President Christy T. Leonard said in a statement

Montgomery was promoted to Rescue 4 safety officer in February, according to a previous Facebook post by the squad

He was also a past member of the Rural Hall Fire Department, according to a statement by the department, and a military veteran, according to Davidson County Rescue Squad.

 

 

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