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Harnett County firefighter dies after fire

Posted June 11, 2012

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— A Harnett County firefighter died Monday after responding to a fire, authorities said.

Donald "Donnie" Suggs, 55, was assistant chief of the Summerville Fire Department in Lillington. He had been with the department for more than a decade.

He collapsed at home shortly after the fire, authorities said. It wasn't clear whether the fire played a role in Suggs' death.

A visitation is planned for Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at O'Quinn Peebles Funeral Home in Lillington. A funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Lillington Baptist Church. Burial will follow at West View Memorial Gardens.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jun 12, 2012

    My condolences to the family, friends and the community.

  • terdaname Jun 12, 2012

    I met Mr. Suggs during my time in lillington dealing with employee benefits. He was a nice guy and a pleasure to talk with. He will be missed.

  • writetanisha Jun 12, 2012

    God bless the family!

  • BEACH Jun 12, 2012

    Prayers for his family and fellow firefighters, they are a close bunch

  • priley2 Jun 12, 2012

    It was my honor to serve in the Air Force Reserves with MSgt Donnie Suggs for over four years. He was forthright, honest and dedicated to the mission. I always felt he gave 100% at all times and I trusted him and depended on him as much as anyone in the unit. I am deeply saddened by his loss but it is no suprise that it was in the line of duty while he was helping others.

    Lt Col Pat Riley

  • Desiderata Jun 12, 2012

    Blessings to the family and friends of Donald Suggs.Sorry for your loss.

  • Commen Jun 12, 2012

    Donnie Suggs set the standard for "manhood" very high. He is and always will be my friend. My humble regards and prays to the Suggs family.

  • Offshore Jun 12, 2012

    Prayers to the family, fellow firefighters and friends. Sorry for your loss.

  • djofraleigh Jun 12, 2012

    This man gets good words said. He served others.

  • The Fox Jun 12, 2012

    [A lot of stress with being a firefighter] Dressed like an eskimo in your turn out gear in the summer, heart rate going all out just setting up for a fire, yeah it's hard.

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