A Baltimore County firefighter has died after going into cardiac arrest during a training exercise Friday afternoon, according to officials.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Fire Chief John Hohman held a press conference at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to deliver the news.
At the conference, officials said Robert William Fogle III, 58, was going through a maze-like obstacle in the Sparrows Point training facility when he collapsed, according to ABC 2 News, which broke the story.
Chief Hohman said the exercise involved putting on breathing apparatus and crawling through a maze, and Fogle became ill when he was in the obstacle, WJZ reported.
Fogle went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased, according to Cpl. John Wachter, spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.
He died from a heart attack, Wachter said.
Fogle was an engine driver with the Pikesville station, according to WJZ, which reported this was the only death that has been reported at the facility. Fogle was nearing retirement, according to ABC 2.
The 27-year veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department was "very well liked" and "very efficient at what he did," Hohman said, according to a report from Fox 45.
Baltimore County police reported Fogle is survived by his wife and two adult children.