Ohio FF-EMT dies after becoming unresponsive at station following a call

Edward Long was a 27-year veteran of the Portsmouth Fire Department and is survived by his wife and three children

Duty Death: Edward Long - [Portsmouth, Ohio]

End of Service: 03/22/2022

By Rachel Engel

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — A firefighter-EMT died after becoming unresponsive upon returning from a call, WSAZ 3 reported.

Edward Long, a 27-year veteran of the Portsmouth Fire Department, is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the Line of Duty Death of our brother, Firefighter/EMT Edward Long,” the department wrote in a statement on Facebook. “No one knew his truck as well as he did. No one took care of this truck as well as he did.”

The department reflected on Long’s personal impact on the department, as well as his professional one.

“Ed liked his steak well done, to the dismay of his crew. Ed snored to the dismay of his crew,” the statement continued. “Ed loved and spoke often of his family. It was rare to see Ed out and about without one or all of his kids in tow. As much as we hurt right now, we can only imagine the pain his family is feeling. We ask that you keep his family and all that knew and loved him in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.”

Funeral arrangement will be announced later.


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