|Birth: ||May 13, 1951|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2002|
A 30-year veteran fire captain, age 51, died of a heart attack while leading his engine company during initial interior fire attack at a two-alarm residential fire on December 5, 2002.
On December 5, 2002 at approximately 8:10 p.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue received a call reporting a fire in a residence at 6737 Briar Cove Drive. Captain Michael DePauw and his crew on Engine 56 were dispatched and arrived at the fire at approximately 8:17
p.m. Fire was found in the attic area of the two-story residence.
Captain DePauw was with firefighters from Engine 56 and other units in a second floor bedroom when he collapsed. He was immediately carried down the stairs and out to the front lawn where cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was started.
Firefighters used an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to attempt to restore Captain DePauw's heart rhythm. Two treatments were administered without success when paramedics began other advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) measures. DePauw failed to respond to treatment.
Captain DePauw was placed in a department ALS Rescue unit (ambulance), which left the scene of the fire and arrived at the hospital at approximately 8:41 p.m. ACLS procedures had continued during the trip to Medical City Hospital.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled that Captain DePauw died of atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
Captain Michael L. DePauw served in Dallas Fire-Rescue for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.
Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park
Created by: Larry Mabra
Record added: Dec 12, 2008
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