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DC firefighter who passed away following training academy was laid to rest

The 48-year-old firefighter passed away on Oct. 27, after serving the city for 17 years.

WASHINGTON — The funeral for a D.C. firefighter who lost his life after a department training academy was held Thursday afternoon. 

Alex Graham passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27 after suffering a critical medical emergency at the Training Academy on Oct. 24, according to D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean. Graham was rushed to the George Washington University Hospital, where he died three days later. 

The Washington Metropolitan area honored Graham's life and remembered him with a public line of duty death funeral, according to fire officials.

His viewing was held Thursday, Nov. 7. and was followed by a repass at the DC Armory located at 2001 East Capitol Street Southeast. 

The president of the D.C. Firefighter's Association, Dabney Hudson, said the last three line of duty deaths, including Graham, have all been cardiac-related. 

"What we lost in Alex will never be able to be replaced," Hudson said. "He did so many things, no job was beneath him just to keep the fire trucks up and running and giving everybody good safe equipment to utilize is kind of a testament to who he was as a person."

Graham is the 101st member of D.C. Fire and EMS to die in the line of duty.

Graham served 17 years with the D.C. Fire Department before his untimely death. He was most recently the Department’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year.

Congresswoman Eleanor Norton announced that she will introduce a congressional record statement remembering and honoring Graham's life.

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