Alameda County FD/Marin County FD
Cardiac Arrest While Responding to Emergency
Sekou I. Turner‚ 28‚ career firefighter‚ Alameda County Fire Department‚ San Leandro‚ died May 22‚ 2002‚ when he suffered a heart attack while working at an EMS call.
Sekou was happy with his career choice. He decided to become a firefighter about six years after his life was saved by a San Francisco firefighter. "He was a happy, outgoing person, very helpful; he was always asking what he could do to help," stated Deputy Chief Mark Blanchard.
He and his crew had completed a medical response call and were prepared to leave the scene with the patient, when Sekou collapsed to the ground. Crew members immediately performed CPR while Turner was en route to San Ramon Regional Medical Center. They were unable to resuscitate him.
A Fairfax native and 1991 Sir Francis Drake High School graduate, Sekou began his career in the fire service at Marin County Fire Department where he worked as a seasonal firefighter, extremely well liked among his peers. He joined Alameda County Fire Department as a volunteer in 1999 and completed the fire training program at Chabot College. Turner had been a career member since 2001.