Paint Creek firefighter dies after injuring self while working with compressed air cylinders

Joe Patterson (Courtesy Paint Creek Fire and EMS)

An Ohio firefighter was injured while on duty Sunday afternoon and died from his injuries, according to a news release.

Joe Patterson, who worked for the Paint Creek Joint Fire and EMS District in Highland County, was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured.

He later died from his injuries. The accident occurred at the firehouse. The official cause of death listed by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office was listed as Blunt Force Trauma to the head.

Patterson was transported by medical helicopter to Kettering Medical Center in Dayton for treatment before his death.

Paint Creek is being assisted by members of the Highland County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of the accident.

Patterson will receive full fire department honors as he is laid to rest at 1 p.m. Friday. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Southeastern High School, 2003 Lancaster Road in Chillicothe.

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