STROTHER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a volunteer firefighter in Oklahoma has died after a fight with another firefighter at the Strother Fire Department.
Seminole County Sheriff Shannon Smith says 56-year-old Dale Patterson died at OU Medical Center after the fight early Thursday.
Strother Fire Chief Nicholas Nadeau told an Oklahoma City television station that Patterson joined the department as a volunteer firefighter six years ago. He said Patterson had risen to the rank of captain and also served as the department's chaplain.
He says Patterson previously worked as a drug enforcement officer in New Mexico before moving to Oklahoma to retire.
Few details were released about the altercation, but authorities say no arrests have been made. The name of the other firefighter involved in the fight has not been released.