N.C. Firefighter Dies Raising Money for Burn Victim

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 10, 2011 | Go to article overview

N.C. Firefighter Dies Raising Money for Burn Victim


Byline: Paul Biasco pbiasco@dailyherald.com

A 35-year-old North Carolina man died after collapsing about 500 yards from the finish line of the Chicago Marathon Sunday morning, according to race officials.

William Caviness was a captain for the Greensboro, N.C., fire department and was running to raise money for a burn victim's foundation.

The father of two young children went down near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Roosevelt Road at about 10:30 a.m., race officials said.

Race medical director Dr. George Chiampas said medical personnel were able to get Caviness's heart beating again, but he died 1 hour and 45 minutes after collapsing.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the Caviness family," said Greensboro Deputy Fire Chief Clarence Hunter. "This is a tremendous loss of Captain Will Caviness."

Caviness had raised $2,475 for the International Association of Firefighters Burn Foundation, more than the $2,000 goal he had set, according to a website tracking the donations.

There was a medical tent within 50 yards of where Caviness collapsed, and four to five emergency doctors attended to him immediately, said Robin Monsky, director of media relations for the marathon. …

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