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Mourning fallen firefighter


TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT IS MOURNING THE DEATH OF ONE ITS FIREFIGHTERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT. LT. TRACY HAYDEN DIED ON SATURDAY. BUT THE FIRE BELIEVED RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS DEATH HAPPENED FOUR YEARS AGO. RICH NYE TALKED TO LT. HAYDEN’S FELLOW FIREFIGHTERS ABOUT THE DEADLY HIDDEN DANGERS THEY FACE. FIREFIGHTERS KEEP BUSY AND THE MOOD IS QUIET AT DECATUR TOWNSHIP FIRE STATION 71. THE DEPARTMENT LOST LT. TRACY HAYDEN SATURDAY. AFTER 17 YEARS WITH THE DEPARTMENT, LT. HAYDEN LOST A 7- MONTH BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA. CHIEF PASCAL ARNES/DECATUR TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT “HE COULD LIGHT THE ROOM UP…” RICH NYE “LT. HAYDEN WAS DIAGNOSED… …” THIS STUBBORN FIRE BURNED FOR A COUPLE DAYS IN STORAGE BUILDINGS IN A WOODS. INVESTIGATORS LEARNED THE FIRE WAS FUELED BY TOXIC CHEMICALS STORED FOR YEARS AT WHAT BECAME AN EPA SUPERSITE CLEANUP. LT. SCOTT MCCAUGHNA/DECATUR TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT “CANCER… …” LT. SCOTT MCCAUGHNA WAS THE BEST MAN IN LT. HAYDEN’S WEDDING. LT. SCOTT MCCAUGHNA/DECATUR TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT “… …” LT. HAYDEN WAS 38 YEARS OLD AND IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND TWO YOUNG SONS. I’M RICH NYE, CHANNEL 13, EYEWITNESS NEWS. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR LT. TRACY HAYDEN SHOULD BE FINALIZED IN THE MORNING WITH VISITATION, A FIRE DEPARTMENT PROCESSIONAL AND FUNERAL LATE THIS

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