Official: Veteran Attleboro firefighter dies after collapsing on duty

ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WHDH) - An Attleboro firefighter has died after collapsing and going into cardiac arrest while on-duty Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Firefighter Thomas Albert Canon, 63, died at the hospital Monday, Attleboro Fire Chief Scott T. Lachance announced.

Cannon leaves behind his wife, Alice, and three sons, Lucas, Jacob, and Seth, who is a Sandwich firefighter.

“I am very saddened at the news of Thomas Cannon’s line of duty death. He served our department with distinction and pride for over 30 years,” Lachance said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire Attleboro Fire Department, I want to extend our love and prayers to his family and loved ones.”

Cannon collapsed while performing truck and equipment checks at the beginning of his shift on Sunday at the Twin Village Fire Station on South Main Street.

Although his fellow firefighters were able to revive him and bring him to the hospital, he died in the hospital the following day.

Cannon joined the department in 1987 and was most recently assigned to the A Shift at the Twin Village Fire Station on Engine 5.

Over the course of his career, he earned his EMT Intermediate certificate and was integral in the implementation of the department’s Juvenile Fire Setters Intervention Program. The program works with children who may be at risk for intentionally setting fires and educating them about the impacts and consequences.

A wake service will be held on Friday, May 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro. The wake will be followed by a private funeral service.

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