April 1, 2016

Steven Whitfield II - Firefighter Cadet - Houston, Texas

Firefighter Cadet Steven Whitfield II, age 32, died in the line of duty on March 31, 2016, at a hospital in Houston, Texas. 

Steven Whitfield II
Steven Whitfield II was a firefighter cadet with the Houston Fire Department. He had 5 months of service with the Department. He was a member of Class 2015-G that will graduate in June of 2016. 

During the morning of March 31st, Steve was undergoing obstacle course training at the Fire Department's Val Jahnke Training Facility. He had completed almost all of the obstacles included in the training session when he collapsed. His body temperature had elevated dangerously. 

Other cadets and medics began CPR and tried to lower his temperature. He was rushed to a local trauma institute where, tragically, Steve could not be revived. 

The cause of Steve's death is under investigation. The training protocols at this facility will also be investigated.

Steve is from Beaumont, Texas, where he was raised by his grandmother.

The Houston Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Steve
and for those who have
lost him. 

Friends describe Steve as a good guy with a sense of humor. He loved basketball and competitive sports. He had an uptempo personality and was a friend to many.

Steve's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a hard worker, always doing something. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Steve is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, Steve. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Steve is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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