St. Marys firefighter dies during his first shift

Firefighter Efren Medina was known for his ‘passion for firefighting,’ department says

Newly hired firefighter Efren Medina died during his first shift with the St. Marys Fire Department.

The St. Marys Fire Department is mourning the loss of a firefighter who died over the weekend during his first shift on duty.

Firefighter Efren Medina, who was newly hired, died while on duty Saturday morning, according to a message posted on the fire department’s official page. The circumstances of his death weren’t immediately clear.

In a follow-up Facebook post, the fire department announced that a service will be held for Medina at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys. “Journey well, our brother,” the post said in part.

Family, friends and coworkers will gather at 3 p.m. Thursday at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys for a visitation/celebration of life.