Community mourns Mapleton firefighter who died in the line of duty

He suffered a heart attack a day after attending two calls.
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A funeral will be held this weekend for a Mapleton firefighter who died from a heart attack shortly after attending a call.

Timothy Wayne Royce, 58, who served on the volunteer Mapleton Fire Department, was found dead on Friday morning, the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association says.

He had attended a traffic crash and a medical call a day earlier, which means he is classified as dying in the line of duty.

A 17-year veteran with the department, who served as the second assistant chief, he is survived by his 24-year-old daughter and 22-year-old son.

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"Please keep both his family and his fire family in your prayers," said Mapleton Fire Chief Ben Froehlich, adding: "Thank you to all who have reached out to offer condolences and help at our time of loss."

A visitation for Royce will be held this Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Woodland Hills Funeral Home in Mankato, with a memorial service held on Sunday at Maple River High School.

A procession will then accompany him as he's transported back to Mankato.

The Mapleton Fire Department covers 130 square miles in southeast Minnesota, including the townships of Beauford, Mapleton, Sterling, Decoria, Medo and Danville.

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