Berkeley County firefighter recovering after suffering heart attack at crash scene

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 5:43 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 11:24 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A volunteer fire captain is in stable condition after suffering a cardiac arrest while responding to a three-vehicle crash that sent nine people to the hospital Friday.

Sandridge Volunteer Fire Captain Doug Delk fell ill at the scene of a crash involving a charter bus, Berkeley Central Assistant Fire Chief Colt Roy said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened at 7:40 p.m. Friday on Highway 176 near Mudville Road. It involved a Ford pickup truck with three people inside; a Ford SUV with three people and a bus with nine people. The bus involved in the crash caught on fire but the fire was quickly put out, Central Berkeley Fire Chief Tim Stephenson said.

Roy says after the initial response, Delk said he wasn’t feeling very well and suddenly suffered the heart attack.

Emergency crews already at the scene were able to resuscitate Delk within about 10 minutes, Roy said.

“First off, everyone is relieved. This could have ended much worse,” Roy said. “Just the amazing actions by our responders on scene. Everybody feels a lot better about it because if this wouldn’t have happened there, it could have happened somewhere else where he wasn’t surrounded by the level of professionals he was when it happened.”

The Sandridge Volunteer Fire Department was one of the agencies that responded to the scene. Cross Central Berkeley and the Charleston & Berkeley Fire Departments also responded.

Delk remains at Trident Cardiology where he is currently in stable condition but is still being monitored, Roy said.

Firefighters are working to raise funds to help support him and his family.

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