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FSCJ student dies during firefighters exercise

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A student died Saturday following a firefighter application exercise, officials with Florida State College at Jacksonville said.

The exercise is a requirement for recruits to show that they are physically fit for the position.

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s director of marketing and communications Jill Johnson gave the following statement:

The FSCJ community is deeply saddened to report that a student has died following a firefighter application exercise. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family as we grieve the loss of a young man with a desire to serve others through public service. As we await medical results, we stand ready to assist the family. Our 24/7 student assistance program is available to students by calling (904) 384-1800.

Authorities have not released the student’s name.