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Funeral arrangements set for St. Paul firefighter who died Monday

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The funeral for the St. Paul firefighter who died suddenly Monday will be held next Wednesday, the St. Paul Fire Department tweeted.

Shane Clifton, 38, had been exercising Monday evening when he told his colleagues that he wasn't feeling well, before he collapsed. He was treated by fellow firefighters and EMTs and taken to the hospital, where he died several hours later.

Clifton's cause of death is pending, but it's possible he died from a blocked artery, according to Local 21 union leader Mike Smith, the Star Tribune reports.

He was the 63rd St. Paul firefighter to die in the line of duty, and the first to die on duty since 2009, according to the union's website. Clifton will remembered at a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, followed by a burial at Fort Snelling.

People throughout the community have taken time this week to express their condolences to Clifton's family and his colleagues, stopping by Station 14 to leave mementos for the fallen firefighter, reports note.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman ordered flags around the city to be lowered Tuesday, and Clifton's firehouse was dressed in black bunting to honor him.

Clifton was a U.S. Navy veteran who was named Command Sailor of the Year in 2001 aboard the USS Curtis Wilbur. Before joining the St. Paul Fire Department in 2007, he worked as an emergency department technician for Unity Hospital and Allina EMS, the fire department notes.

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