ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The community in St. Paul is mourning the death of a firefighter and paramedic who died suddenly Monday evening after collapsing while on duty.

Many people, including politicians and city officials, took to social media to express their sadness after the passing of 38-year-old Shane Clifton.

According to the St. Paul Fire Department, Clifton told his colleagues at Station No. 14 in Merriam Park that he felt sick around 5 p.m. Shortly after, he collapsed after going into cardiac arrest.

Clifton’s fellow firefighters and EMTs came to his aid and took him to Regions Hospital, where he later died.

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Clifton was a Navy veteran who worked as an emergency department technician for Unity Hospital in Fridley and Allina EMS before he came to the St. Paul Fire Department in 2007.

Clifton was the first firefighter in the department to die while on duty since 2009. He leaves behind two children.

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