Mike Wilbur

CIVILIAN SUFFERS FATAL FALL FROM FIRE APPARATUS DURING HONOR RIDE

Ohio authorities are investigating the death of a woman who died Monday during an honor ride following the funeral of an assistant fire chief.

Marguerite E. Appel, 64, was riding in a Short Creek Joint Fire District apparatus when the door of the vehicle opened, and she fell out, WTRF-TV reports. She was airlifted to a Pittsburgh trauma center, where she died of her injuries, according to a statement by the fire department.

Appel had been riding in the apparatus as part of an honor ride following a funeral service for Short Creek Assistant Chief James “Jim” Horton. According to the department, she was a family member.

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