GREENFIELD, Ind. – A Greenfield firefighter has died in the line of duty following a large blaze Friday near downtown Greenfield.
55-year-old Scott Compton, a 17-year veteran of the Greenfield Fire Territory, died following fighting a three-alarm fire at Mueller Auto Body located in the 1000 block of E. Main St.
“All the firefighters along with Scott worked hard for a number of hours to try and contain that incident,” Greenfield Fire Territory Chief Jim Roberts said. “With the all the gear firefighters wear, the weight of that plus working, whether you’re crawling around, holding a hose, climbing on a ladder, being on the roof or whatever firefighters may be doing it’s extremely taxing.”
Officials said Compton went home after battling the fire around 1 a.m. Saturday.
A neighbor then found Compton unresponsive in his yard Saturday afternoon. Medics declared him dead at the scene. The death is considered an on duty death because it happened within 24 hours of being on the job.
“No foul play. It was a medical emergency,” Roberts said. “It’s a big hole in the community to lose somebody that’s gives so much to their community.”
An autopsy was conducted on Compton Sunday. Results were inconclusive, and the coroner has ordered additional blood and toxicology tests.
Roberts said Compton leaves behind two grown children and a fiancée.
The organization Supporting Heroes is helping the fire department plan Compton’s funeral.
A coroner will perform an autopsy on Compton Sunday.