RIP brother! You served your community well for many years.LANCASTER, S.C. A volunteer firefighter with the Lancaster County Fire Service died after participating in fire training activities Monday.
Lt. Dillon C. Denton, 64, of the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Fire Department died Tuesday after being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, said Stephen Blackwelder, Lancaster County Fire Marshal.
Denton had participated in fire hose loading activities when he informed other firefighters he wasn't feeling well around 8 p.m. Monday.
He began to feel worse and Lancaster County paramedics evaluated his condition and called for a helicopter to take Denton to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
He died early Tuesday, Blackwelder said.
Denton had about 30 years of experience in fire service, and had been volunteering in Lancaster County for the past two years, Blackwelder said.
"He worked at the Bowater Corporation on the fire brigade for a number of years," Blackwelder said. "After he retired, he still wanted to do that kind of work, so he volunteered with the Van Wyck department in his retirement."
Denton's death is considered a line-of-duty medical death, he said.
Denton was an active member of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He sang in the choir and taught young adults Sunday school. He served his country in the Army National Guard.