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Fireman suffers heart attack while fighting fire at Garlin, KY

On behalf of the Adair County Fire Department, we ask the community to please keep Charles Sparks, his family and our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers until Charles makes a speedy recovery. -Donald Hare
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By Donald Hare
Public Affairs Officer, Adair County Fire DepartmentThe Adair County Fire Department responded to a residential house fire on Thursday June 30, 2011 at 3:05amCT, to a residence located at 3043 Liberty Road (Garlin). The home was owned by Charles Barnes and occupied by Brandi Waggener. At the time of the fire no one was home.

While fighting the fire one of our firemen Charles Sparks a 32 year veteran of the department, and Deputy State Fire Marshall suffered a possible heart attack and went into sudden cardiac arrest in which CPR and AED was used by the firefighters until the Adair County EMS arrived. He was transported to Westlake Regional Hospital and later airlifted by Air Evac to Norton's Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY.

On behalf of the Adair County Fire Department, we ask the community to please keep Charles, his family and our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers until Charles makes a speedy recovery.

There were 17 firemen on the scene for around 2.5 hours and cause of the fire is of unknown origin at this time and is being investigated by Detective West of the Kentucky State Police Post 3, Bowling Green, KY. -Donald Hare

This story was posted on 2011-07-01 04:44:51
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Fire destroys landmark residence at Garlin, KY

2011-06-30 - Garlin, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
All that was left of the old Demaree and Mary Richards House at Garlin, KY, after a fire this morning, June 30, 2011, were two chimney's and smouldering ruins. Mr. Richards was a building contractor; his wife, Mary Stevenson Richards, was a highly respected Adair County teacher. The loss of the house was far overshadowed by concerns for a beloved fireman who suffered a heart attack while fighting the blaze and was taken to Westlake Regional Hospital before transfer to a tertiary center. The house was the boyhood home of former Western head basketball coach Jim Richards and Jody Richards, the longest serving Speaker of the House in Kentucky history.

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