Volunteer firefighter dies of injuries sustained battling blaze

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WHITEHALL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A volunteer firefighter has died of injuries he sustained while battling a blaze back in May. Second Assistant Chief James P. Brooks Jr. of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company passed away at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 18.

Assistant Chief Brooks was injured while responding to a structure fire in Dresden on May 2. He was transported to a hospital in Rutland Vermont evaluation.

It was determined that Brooks was suffering from a torn aorta, and suffered three strokes during the subsequent surgery.

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