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Veteran California Firefighter Dies at Station — Former New York Volunteer Once Gave Up Firefighting, But Not for Long

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Orange County Fire Authority Photo
Orange County Fire Authority Photo

Orange County, California firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own, 49-year-old Engineer Greg Hennessey, a 24-year veteran who also was formerly a volunteer firefighter in New York.

Hennessey suffered an apparent heart attack while on duty at Orange County Fire Authority Station 45 on Monday, officials said. He was found by fellow crew members in the station who immediately started CPR.

He is survived by his mother, Virginia, wife Deanna, and two adult sons Ryan and Brandon, OCFirefighters.org / IAFF Local 3631 reported. He had been with OCFA since 1989 and had been assigned to Station 45 for several years in the county’s Rancho Santa Margarita section.

Photo via OCFirefighters.org
Photo via OCFirefighters.org

“Greg will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Please keep Greg and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” the union statement said.

In addition to his role as Engineer, Hennessey, a former Eagle Scout, also mentored area youth Explorer programs in the area, Capt. Steve Concialdi told City News Service.

The Orange County Register reported that Hennessey was a volunteer in New York prior to moving to California, initially leaving firefighting for good when he moved and working at JC Penny. But … it didn’t take long for him to get the firefighting need back in his blood.

“He just wasn’t happy,” Deanna Hennessey told the Register Monday. “He got involved again, and within a year he was a firefighter again.”

Information about the funeral services will be announced once it becomes available.

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