A New Hampshire fire captain fell ill during a physical test and died.
On August 31, Steve Tower tried to complete a physical test at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord. He felt ill during the test and later died at the hospital. Tower served as a captain for the Goffstown Fire Department.
“On-scene firefighters and paramedics immediately rendered aid and Concord Fire Department transported him to Concord Hospital where he later died,” the release from the New Hampshire Department of Safety said. The department is currently investigating Tower’s death.
Steve Tower served 30 years as fire captain.
Tower served 30 years at the Goffstown Fire Department before retiring. He spent his retirement working in the archery department at Bass Pro Shops but decided to return to the department. In 2019, Tower became interim fire chief while the department searched for a permanent replacement, according to the New Hampshire Union Ledger.
Tower stayed on at the department even after Brian Allard became chief. According to Allard, retirement didn’t suit Tower. He wanted to make the department better and teach others. Tower was in the process of getting re-certified for his old job as fire captain when he fell ill.
“He was one of my early mentors. Not only me, but probably hundreds of firefighters across New Hampshire,” Allard told the Union Ledger. “He would take them, myself included, under his wing and show them the expectations of becoming a firefighter.”
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued a statement following Tower’s death and offered his condolences to both the department and Tower’s family.
“The passing of Captain Steven Tower of the Goffstown Fire Department earlier today is a tragic loss for the Goffstown community and the Granite State,” Sununu wrote on Twitter. “My sincere condolences and prayers are with Captain Tower’s family and the entire team at the Goffstown Fire Department.”