Alexander County firefighter collapses while on duty, later dies

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — A local firefighter died after collapsing while on duty.

The Central Alexander-Taylorsville Fire Department confirmed Eric Pennell died Monday afternoon.

"We ask that you please keep the Pennell family, as well as the Central Alexander-Taylorsville Fire Department in your thoughts and prayers," the department tweeted.

Pennell’s family, Central Alexander Fire Department and the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office will honor his life and service to the community.

The family will receive friends at Millersville Baptist Church from 1 p.m to 3:45 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m.

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