New Hampton community mourns fallen firefighter
NEW HAMPTON - The greater New Hampton community is in shock after learning one of their local firefighters died early Tuesday morning.
Firefighter and EMT Douglas Clement suffered a heart attack at his home just before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Clement attended rescue training the previous night and was on call when crews responded to the home for a medical emergency. Clement was transported to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, where he was pronounced dead.
Since Clement was technically on duty at the time, the State Fire Marshal’s Office conducted an investigation into his death. Officials confirmed his death was accidental due to a heart attack.
Clement was a part of the New Hampton Fire Department for nearly 20 years, having first joined in 1997. He leaves behind four children and a fiancé.
The community is reacting strongly to news of Clement’s death, primarily on social media. Friends and acquaintances shared pictures and offered their condolences to those close to the fallen firefighter.
Fire Chief Michael Drake was also deeply saddened by the untimely death. He said funeral arrangements are still being made, and a fund to help his family with funeral costs will likely be set up soon through the New Hampshire Firefighters' Association.
People close to Clement were unable to speak with NH1 on Wednesday as they were still grieving and trying to cope with their loss.