Volunteer Dalhart Firefighter has a Heart Attack While Fighting Grass Fire

EAST OF DALHART - Firefighters saved one of their own yesterday while fighting a wildfire East of Dalhart.

Ryan Beattie, 32, was revived by his colleagues after his heart suddenly stopped beating. 

The father of two was found face down on the ground by a fellow firefighter.  

Thursday afternoon, the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, along with several crews responded to a grass fire East of the city. 

And while battling the flames, one Dalhart Unit overheated and pulled off the fire line to a safe location.     

About 15 minutes later the rest of the crew realized one of their members had stepped away from the truck longer than expected.

That missing member was Ryan Beattie. 

He was found at the back of the fire truck, face down, unconscious and unresponsive.     

"I was there shortly after he went down. We were actually at the start of the fire origin and we heard man down and so we jumped into our vehicle, we went there immediately," said DeNisa Brown, Paramedic Fire Fighter-Hartley Fire Department.

From there, several performed CPR to bring the volunteer Firefighter back to life.  

"Pretty emotional, but you're doing your job. At the first no we didn't have a pulse, but immediately the AED was hooked up and that's what pretty much saved his life. Being able to shock him right away," said Scott White, Hartley Fire Chief.

The Dalhart Fire Chief says what happened to Beattie yesterday is very common in their line of work.

"Cardiac Arrest is the leading killer of a Firefighter. It's the stress of the job, heat, that kind of thing. So Cardiac Arrest is the main killer in Fire Fighters," said Chief Curtis Brown, Dalhart Fire Department.

Beattie is recovering at Northwest Texas Hospital.

We're told tests are still being run and the cause of the Cardiac Arrest is not known at this time.

Today members of the 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle were able to take a check to Beattie and his family.

The President of the organization tells us they agreed to help after finding out what happened.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up along with an account at Dalhart Federal Savings and Loans to help the family with hospital expenses.


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