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Urban A. Eck, Age: 51, Gender: Male, Rank: Fire Captain, Status: Career

Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion

Incident Date: 12/31/2009

Death Date: 01/02/2010

Wichita Fire Department
455 North Main, 11th Floor
Wichita , Kansas 67202
Chief: Ron Blackwell

Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of a working fire incident, Captain Eck was not feeling well and reported to the Rehab Sector where his vital signs were irregular and did not return to normal. Eck subsequently worked one more shift during which he responded to several incidents before going to a doctor after reporting that he still did not feel well. Although the doctor hospitalized him, Captain Eck later passed away after surgery from complications associated with a medical procedure .

Memorial Fund Info: Memorials to Emma and Gabrielle Eck College Fund and/or St. Mark Building Fund care of Legacy Bank 3711 North Ridge Road. Wulf-Ast Mortuary, Colwich has the arrangements.

Tribute is being paid to Capt. Eck at
To date, 1 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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