West Blocton firefighter dies after battling fire

Updated: Aug. 14, 2017 at 10:07 PM CDT
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WEST BLOCTON, AL (WBRC) - A small volunteer fire department mourning the loss of one of its own.

Clint Hardemon loved helping his community. He was doing just that on Sunday when responding to a trailer fire.

"He ran the truck just like he always does and everything seemed fine," his son CJ said.

Once the guys got back to the station, Clint was talking with Chief Joe McCool about the boat they use for water rescues when he started feeling light headed.

"He was just standing there like any other normal day and he and I were talking and he just said man I feel dizzy and he collapsed," McCool said.

A few minutes later, McCool and West Blocton Police officer John Mabus were able to revive Hardemon but he later died at a local hospital. His son, who is the department's assistant chief says it doesn't seem real.

"We was on the same fire together working as a team. Father and son. Its just hard," CJ Hardemon said.

CJ says he is the reason his dad joined the department five years ago. Clint always wanted to keep a check on his son.

"We would get a call and I would tell him hey I've got to go on a call real quick, he'd say alright, love you son. So I'd go to the call and when I get there he's there. You know he would follow me to make sure I was ok," CJ said.

CJ says his dad loved serving. His family and his grandchildren were his whole world.

"Very loving and caring. Did anything he could for anybody. Did anything for his community. Just want them to know how great of a man he was that he loved helping people," CJ added.

Chief McCool says its going to take some time to deal with the loss but says Clint would want them to get back to work.

"Sometimes we'd run 54 or 55 calls a month and he would be on 52 or 53 of them. We're going to be strong. He wouldn't want it any other way," McCool said.

The family says they would like for any donations to be made in Clint's memory to the West Blocton Fire Department.

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