Man dies during first shift as firefighter

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ST MARYS, Ga. — A Georgia firefighter passed away during his first shift, the St. Marys Fire Department said.

In a post on Facebook, the department said Efren Medina died while on duty last Saturday.

Efren was a newly-hired firefighter, working his first shift, the post said.

Fire Chief Tom Lackner told WLTV Efren died in his sleep after responding to a call.

“He was known for his long time passion for firefighting and his love of the fire service,” the department wrote.

In a GoFundMe post started to help Efren’s wife, his friend said the 21-year-old was “a wonderful brother, son, husband, and friend to all. He was very caring, cheerful, and hardworking. Efren was dedicated to working towards becoming a fireman and selflessly helping others also being an EMT.”

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