Volunteer firefighter dies

July 3, 2008 3:54:28 PM PDT
A volunteer fireman who had been fighting one of the fires in Mendocino County suffered respiratory difficulties and died at Ukiah Valley Medical Center this morning.

Dawn Emery Ballantine of the Anderson Valley Fire Department, said 63-year-old Robert Roland died at 4 a.m. today. She said his death is believed to be heart related.

Ballantine said Roland was on a fire in the Hungry Hollow area of Nash Mill Road when he felt ill. A Cal Fire spokeswoman said they were informed a firefighter experienced respiratory difficulties Wednesday and died at the hospital but she had no further information.