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Veteran Minnesota firefighter dies in the line of duty

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A 26-year veteran of the Rice Lake Township Fire Department died in the line of duty.

The Northland's News Center reported that 57-year-old Randy Hiti was responding to a call on Wednesday when he suffered what it termed "a medical issue" that led to his death. WDIO reported that Fire Chief Scott Twining said the cause of death has not been established.

According to his obituary in the Duluth News Tribune, Hiti was a 26 year member of the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He taught fire safety to elementary school students in the northern Minnesota community and won the department's Fire Fighter of the Year several times.

Hiti is survived by his wife, two daughters, mother and two brothers.

A funeral procession for Hiti will be held on Tuesday morning, leading from the Dougherty Funeral home to St. John's Catholic Church in Duluth.

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