SVFD announces passing of Firefighter Dan Patterson

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Spokane Valley Fire Department announced the passing of Firefighter Dan Patterson in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Patterson suffered cardiac arrest after working a 24-hour shift on July 21. When Patterson left his station to go for a run, he called his wife to tell her he was not feeling well and returned to Station 2, collapsing at the front door.

On Saturday, neurological exams showed that Patterson will not recover. Since then, for 24 hours every day, a member of the Spokane Valley Fire Department has stood guard at Dan’s hospital room door.

Dan Patterson will be honored with the Line of Duty Death Funeral Protocol.

“His work ethic, his care for his family and others, and his passion for making sure the people in his life knew he loved them will remain with us all,” said SVFD Fire Chief Frank Soto.

Patterson joined the SVFD on April 1, 2009. He received the SVFD Lifesaving Medal after saving a young child from the Spokane River while he was off-duty in 2014.

A GoFundMe page for Dan Patterson was started last Thursday, which has raised over $27,000 so far. You can find the GoFundMe page HERE.

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