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Drexel Heights Fire Captain dies after being taken to hospital for medical emergency

The Drexel Heights Fire District announced Monday that Capt. Sam Criner passed away November 4. Photo via Drexel Heights Fire.
Posted at 9:36 PM, Nov 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-09 18:39:27-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Drexel Heights Fire District announced Monday that Capt. Sam Criner passed away November 4.

The member of the fire district was taken to Northwest Hospital for a medical emergency. Hours after being admitted to the hospital, the individual died. The family has been notified.

Criner was not on duty at the time of his death.

Drexel Heights Fire released a statement Tuesday, it reads:

Captain Samuel Criner of the Drexel Heights Fire District was transported to the

Northwest Hospital - Oro Valley on 11/04/2021 for a medical emergency. After being

admitted to the hospital, his condition worsened and he passed away later in the evening.


Capt. Criner, an active member of the DHFD for 16 years was hired in February of 2005. He

quickly promoted to Captain in July of 2009 and was assigned to Station 404 - A shift. A

dedicated public servant, Capt. Criner was truly a valuable member of the Drexel Fire

family and to the community of Drexel Heights.


The family has requested that in lew of flowers that all donations be made to:

The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation - www.firehero.org

The cause of the death has not yet been determined.

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