UPDATE: Fort Wayne Firefighter dies while on duty

(Photo Supplied/ WOWO 1190 107.5)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne Firefighter has died in the line of duty.

FWFD Capt. Eric Balliet –
Photo Supplied: FWFD

A release from the department says Captain Eric Balliet, a nineteen year veteran of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, died Wednesday evening while leading his crew in a “physically demanding training exercise” at a commercial structure.

The cause of his death has been not released.

Fort Wayne Professional Firefighters president Jeremy Bush tells WOWO News the department appreciates the public’s support during this difficult time. “Eric meant a lot to our department and to our community and we appreciate the public’s support… Right now, its about making sure his family is taken care of.”

Meantime, Capt. Balliet was transported from St. Joe Hospital to D.O. McComb’s Tribute Center at 2307 W. Main Street, at 2pm, Thursday, September 28th.

The Southwest Allen County Fire District released the following statement on Facebook:

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