Presho fire chief suffers medical problem at fire, dies
PRESHO, S.D. (AP) — Presho’s fire chief died over the weekend after suffering a medical condition while fighting a fire.
Donald “Donny” Manger, 54, exited a vehicle and collapsed at a fire scene in rural Lyman County about 8:50 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement Monday from the Presho Fire Department and the state Fire Marshal’s Office. He was given CPR at the scene and then taken to a Pierre hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Details about the structure fire weren’t immediately released.
Fire departments from across the state were sending their condolences over social media on Monday.
Manger’s funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lyman Gardens in Presho, with burial in the Presho Cemetery, according to Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Presho, a central South Dakota community of about 500 people.
Manger is the 44th firefighter killed in South Dakota since 1924, according to information the state Public Safety Department and the South Dakota Firefighters Association. He is the first to be killed in the state since Valley Springs volunteer Steven Ackerman, 38, who died of smoke inhalation battling a house fire in Brandon in April 2015.
David Ruhl, of Rapid City, a firefighter with the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest, died in July 2015 while helping battle a forest fire in California.