Firefighter Patrick J. “Pat” Dougherty, 37, died of a heart attack during salvage operations at a house fire at 516 Poplar Drive on April 7, 1993. At approximately 11:45 p.m., he complained of feeling week.
He collapsed while being examined by EMS personnel and was pronounced dead at Wake Medical Center of a massive heart attack. Funeral services were held on April 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Garner. Fire units from Garner (E1, E2), Bay Leaf (E258), Durham Highway (E2), Fairgrounds (E198), Fuquay-Varina (E2, E5), Morrisville (E2) New Hope (E1), Six Forks (E121), Wake Forest (E63), and Yrac (E293) participated in the procession to Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh the same day. Dougherty, owner of an auto repair business, was a volunteer member of the Garner Fire Department from August 1988 to June 1992, and had rejoined in January 1993.
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