RICE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Officials say a veteran firefighter died from an unknown illness while on a medical-emergency call north of Duluth.

According to the Minnesota State Fire Department Association, 57-year-old Randy Hiti of the Rice Lake Fire Department was responding to a call Wednesday night when he suffered a medical episode at his home. His family found him collapsed on the floor of the garage.

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Some of Hiti’s colleagues responded to the 911 call and tried to revive him for about an hour. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hiti had been with the fire department for 26 years. He had taught fire prevention to Duluth third-graders at Homecroft Elementary School for the past decade.

Hiti will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Superior, Wisconsin.

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