Jonathan Flagler, the Los Angeles Co. Firefighter who died in the Line of Duty a house fire earlier this year, not only suffered a heart attack prior to his death but also discovered methamphetamine in his system as well as being COVID positive, according to the coroner’s report.
Firefighter Flagler, 47, died after his SCBA ran out at a house fire in Ranchos Palos Verdes earlier this year on Jan. 6.
Previous reports are that the smoke and the fire overcame FF Flagler, he put out a ‘mayday’, they were able to quickly locate him, rescue him and attempt the life-saving procedures but he later died at the hospital.
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According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, FF Flagler died at that fire from both a heart attack and suffocation. The medical examiner also stated that the meth and COVID-19 were “significant conditions.”
Firefighter Flagler’s wife and children claim they are planning to file a lawsuit for alleged errors. “Our lawsuit will establish that the tragic death of Los Angeles County Firefighter Jonathan Flagler was caused when on-scene commanders failed to keep track of the firefighters inside the burning residence, maintain radio contact with those firefighters, and promptly rescue Jonathan,” said the family’s attorney Thomas Johnston.
Firefighter Flagler was a 21-year veteran of the fire service, having served 19 years with the Vernon FD before that city transitioned to the Los Angeles County Fire Department in October 2020. He is survived by his wife and 2 teenage sons. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
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