Photo courtesy WSAZ-TV
Firefighters found modular home full of flames when they arrived on the scene Monday afternoon.

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — The Kanawha County volunteer firefighter who collapsed and died at a fire scene Monday afternoon in has been identified as 62-year-old John Appleton.

Crews were called to a fire on Happy Hollow Road at about 2 p.m. They arrived on the scene to find the double-wide mobile home full of flames.

Kanawha County Fire Coordinator C.W. Sigman said Appleton—working with the Malden Volunteer Fire Department—reported not feeling well shortly after arriving on the scene.

Sigman said Appleton was instructed by paramedics to try and cool down and, a short time later, went into cardiac arrest.

“Paramedics from Kanawha County ambulance jumped right on it and started rendering aid immediately and they brought him to the Charleston General Hospital and they really did all they could do but he did not survive,” said Sigman.

Appleton had been with the department for seven years and also served as a pastor at the Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church in Malden.

“He was one of those dedicated guys who would come out at all hours day and night doing all he could and always looking after everybody and good guys,” Sigman said. “We are going to miss this guy.”

The temperatures were in the upper 80s in Kanawha County Monday afternoon with high humidity.


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  • Bill Robertson

    Prayers for family and the FD.
    Lt Bill Robertson (Ret)
    Stanford FD
    Stanford Kentucky

  • DAVE R

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the fireman's family and the fellow members of his department. . My best to all of you.

  • rose

    WV volunteer firefighters are the best kind of people.

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • max barker

    Our prayers are with the family

  • Daniel Williams

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the fireman's family and the fellow members of his department. As a fellow volunteer fire fighter this is always a tough loss. My best to all of you.