Autopsy cites heart disease in firefighter’s death - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Autopsy cites heart disease in firefighter’s death

Lt. Rodney Eddins (Source: MFD) Lt. Rodney Eddins (Source: MFD)

An autopsy report on Lieutenant Rodney Eddins shows that he died of natural causes while on the job.

Eddins, 57, collapsed while fighting a house fire in the 4500 block of Marigold Lane on Saturday, April 16, during firefighting and overhaul procedures.

Eddins’ autopsy states his cause of death to be cardiac arrhythmia due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Eddins served with the Memphis Fire Department for 30 years.

"It goes to show the extreme amount of work that's involved to be in a firefighter and the wear and tear it can take on your body," MFD Director Gina Sweat said following his death. "He was a thirty year veteran who dedicated his life and body to the city of Memphis."

Click here to read what friends and family said to honor Eddins at his funeral

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