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Respected Lake Country firefighter dies after medical emergency

Karl Featherstone (centre) receives firefighter of the year award from fire chief Steve Windsor (right) and deputy chief Brent Penner (left).
Image Credit: District of Lake Country

The District of Lake County is offering its condolences after a respected firefighter died in his home last weekend.

Karl Featherstone joined the Lake Country Fire Department in 2009 as a paid-on-call firefighter and was known for his calm, diligent participation and exemplary attendance at practices and call outs, according to the district in a press release.

Featherstone has received numerous awards during his service, including the Station 71 Firefighter of the Year award in 2018, the Best Attendance to emergency call outs and practices in 2014 and a 10-year service pin in 2019.

In addition to local fire, medical and motor vehicle incidents that required an immediate response, Featherstone was part of a team deployed to provide mutual aid at the Christie Mountain wildfire in Penticton this summer, according to the district.

READ MORE: Central Okanagan firefighters lending their support to Penticton

Featherstone, 47, died at home on Sunday, Oct. 11, after suffering from a cardiac medical emergency.

“He was a hard-working and well-respected man. We extend our deepest condolences to his family – especially his wife and two young children, friends and members of the Lake Country Fire Department as we mourn his loss,” said fire chief Steve Windsor in the press release.

“Karl was well respected by everyone at the fire department,” said deputy chief Brent Penner, in the district press release. “He was self-employed so he could manage his schedule to be home with his family as much as possible and would often jog down to Station 71 from home to work out. He took pride in his carpentry work and was known for doing a great job in anything he took on. His family and service to his community were very important to him.”



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