MARION (CBS) – A 45-year veteran of the Marion Fire Department died after battling a fire Tuesday. Firefighter Thomas Nye, 72, served as a call firefighter for Marion since 1974.
Nye helped extinguish a chimney fire on Point Road Tuesday afternoon and then returned home. He collapsed early Wednesday morning after suffering what is believed to be a cardiac incident. He was pronounced dead at Tobey Hospital.READ MORE: Hardwick Health Agent Says 'It's Impossible' To Convince Residents To Get COVID Vaccine
Fire Chief Brian Jackvony said “Nye was a proud firefighter who served our community with distinction.”READ MORE: Tree Falls On House In Hyde Park During Strong Storm
Firefighter Nye was married for 53 years, had two adult sons, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.MORE NEWS: 7-Month-Old With Rare Genetic Condition Sent Home From Hospital For The First Time Since Being Born
He was a Vietnam veteran and worked as an auto mechanic. A funeral with full fire department and military honors is anticipated.