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Firefighter who suffered heart attack at scene passes away

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Williamsburg Township Fire Lieutenant David Knapke is moving to hospice care. (Provided by Williamsburg Township Fire Facebook page) Williamsburg Township Fire Lieutenant David Knapke is moving to hospice care. (Provided by Williamsburg Township Fire Facebook page)
WILLIAMSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

The Williamsburg Township firefighter who suffered a massive heart attack at a fire scene last month passed away early Saturday morning.

Lieutenant David Knapke had to be resuscitated May 31 after he collapsed and stopped breathing while fighting a house fire.

"It is with great sorrow that we announce that Lieutenant David Knapke has passed away. Please keep his family and WTES in your thoughts and prayers. More information will be released in appropriate time," the Williamsburg Township Fire posted on their Facebook.

A benefit fund to help the family has been set up at People's Bank in Williamsburg.  Donations can be made at any bank branch.

The fire veteran was assisting the Mount Orab Fire Department on Greenbush-West Road in Brown County when he became ill.

Crews on scene were able to get Knapke breathing again and then he was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He was moved to a hospice on Thursday.

Williamsburg fire says the cause of the incident is unknown.

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