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Firefighter dies in Chicago marathon

10-11-2011 16:22 BJT

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NC firefighter dies after collapsing near end of Chicago marathon

A fire captain from Greensboro who was running for charity in the Chicago marathon collapsed while running and later died on Sunday.

Marathon spokeswoman Robin Monsky said the runner, later identified as William Caviness, collapsed on the south loop of the run about 500 yards from the finish line, WFMY-TV reported.

Five emergency doctors working for the marathon attended to him first and he was then transported  by ambulance.

Doctors who attended to Caviness at the scene got a pulse, but he died an hour and 45 minutes later at the hospital, CBS News reported. Marathon officials said the runner's family has been notified.

He was pronounced dead at 12:03pm at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. An apparent cause of death was not known immediately.

William Caviness was a Captain and had been with the Greensboro Fire Department for 8 years.

Chief Greg Grayson issued the following statement on behalf of Greensboro Fire Department:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Caviness family in this tremendous loss of Captain Will Caviness. The Greensboro Fire Department family is grieving this great loss and will strive to support the Caviness family through this difficult time."

Chief Grayson said that Caviness was accompanied by his wife and his brother Shawn in Chicago.

Click here to visit Caviness' fundraising page for the Chicago Marathon.

An autopsy is planned for Monday, according to the medical examiner's office.

The last death at the marathon was in 2007, when the marathon was halted after a runner died and at least 49 others were hospitalized due to heat-related illnesses amid record-setting heat and humidity.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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