Inquest reveals cause of death at Chesterfield Fire


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – The cause of death of a Chesterfield Fire and EMS recruit who died last year during a training exercise has been released.

According to the Chesterfield Fire Department, 26-year-old TyVaughn N. Eldridge died of hyperthermia following a training exercise attended by all firefighter recruits.

Eldridge began his first day of physical training on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Part of the physical training scheduled for that day was a two-mile run at a pace of about ten minutes per mile. About 16 minutes into the race, Eldridge fell to the ground and was unable to get up and continue running after several attempts.

Eldridge was taken to the emergency room at Chippenham Hospital and spent two days in the intensive care unit, where he died on the morning of Saturday July 3. The Richmond Medical Examiner’s Office determined Eldridge’s cause of death to be complications from hyperthermia.

Virginia Occupational Safety and Health partially inspected the training center and found no conditions that were deemed to violate standards set by the office.

According to the Chesterfield Fire Department, Eldridge had “a long family history in the fire service” and he had a desire from an early age to carry on the family tradition. Eldridge was involved with the Henrico Police Athletic League, starting as a participant and later becoming an advisor and mentor. Eldridge indicated on his application to the department that he was at the gym five times a week.

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