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Greensboro fire recruit who died while training couldn’t wait to be a firefighter

The Greensboro fire department is mourning the loss of one of their recruits who died from a medical episode during a pre-employment fitness assessment late last week. Andrew Vaughn, 36, was training with 32 other recruits Thursday, for a pre-employment assessment. He was almost done running a mile and a half when he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. He would’ve been a part of the 77th class of recruits starting on September 1st. Matthew Reid, a retired Greensboro firefighter and friend of Vaughn’s said he couldn’t wait to be a firefighter. “He was really excited,” Reid said. Reid added that he had a “permanent smile on his face. It was really like I said, a lifelong goal and he had tried numerous times. Even here he tried more than once, went through the process and was able to get hired this time.” Reid said he became friends with Vaughn and his wife when they moved near them but it was Vaughn’s curiosity about the fire service, that made them close. “He’s put himself in a lot of different positions to volunteer to assist people but this was his ultimate goal getting on the fire service,” Reid said. “He was a good friend and if you ever got a chance to be around him, you were automatically drawn to him. He would’ve given you the shirt off his back if he needed to so he’s truly gonna be missed. It really shook a lot of us when this tragedy occurred.”In a press release, Greensboro Fire Chief Jim Robinson said, “The Greensboro Fire Department is devastated by Andrew’s untimely death. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved him.” Reid said he spoke with Vaughn’s family who wanted to say thank you to the community. “The family just really wanted to express their deep deep gratitude for everyone involved that’s been a support for them. The training staff here, the ems, the hospital, friends and family and just concerned citizens, they really wanted to express their gratitude,” Reid said. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 25, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Greensboro.A GoFundMe has been made to help Vaughn’s wife with expenses.A link to that can be found here.

The Greensboro fire department is mourning the loss of one of their recruits who died from a medical episode during a pre-employment fitness assessment late last week.

Andrew Vaughn, 36, was training with 32 other recruits Thursday, for a pre-employment assessment. He was almost done running a mile and a half when he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

He would’ve been a part of the 77th class of recruits starting on September 1st.

Matthew Reid, a retired Greensboro firefighter and friend of Vaughn’s said he couldn’t wait to be a firefighter.

“He was really excited,” Reid said.

Reid added that he had a “permanent smile on his face. It was really like I said, a lifelong goal and he had tried numerous times. Even here he tried more than once, went through the process and was able to get hired this time .”

Reid said he became friends with Vaughn and his wife when they moved near them but it was Vaughn’s curiosity about the fire service, that made them close.

“He’s put himself in a lot of different positions to volunteer to assist people but this was his ultimate goal getting on the fire service,” Reid said. “He was a good friend and if you ever got a chance to be around him, you were automatically drawn to him. He would’ve given you the shirt off his back if he needed to so he’s truly gonna be missed. It really shook a lot of us when this tragedy occurred.”

In a press release, Greensboro Fire Chief Jim Robinson said, “The Greensboro Fire Department is devastated by Andrew’s untimely death. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and loved him.”

Reid said he spoke with Vaughn’s family who wanted to say thank you to the community.

“The family just really wanted to express their deep deep gratitude for everyone involved that’s been a support for them. The training staff here, the ems, the hospital, friends and family and just concerned citizens, they really wanted to express their gratitude,” Reid said.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 25, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Greensboro.

A GoFundMe has been made to help Vaughn’s wife with expenses. A link to that can be found here.

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