Funeral held for Mayer, Minn. firefighter who died in line of duty


Firefighters from across the state paid tribute to Captain Jeff Volmer, a 40-year-old Mayer firefighter who died on Tuesday. 

Volmer died of an apparent heart attack after a training exercise. His death marked the fourth straight line of duty death blamed on cardiac arrest. 

“What’s predictable is preventable, so as a profession we need to remain vigilant and do a better job looking out for our own,” said George Esbensen, a board member for the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation. 

Nationwide, over half of all line of duty fire fighter deaths are related to cardiac arrest. 

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