Maui Firefighter Death Unexpected

January 19, 2012, 5:04 PM HST · Updated January 19, 7:49 PM
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By Wendy Osher

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Maui firefighter Duane Ibarra died on duty on 1/18/2012. Courtesy photo.

A 20 year veteran of the Maui Fire Department died while on duty last night at the Makawao Fire Station.

Firefighter III, Duane Ibarra, 50, was found unresponsive at 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, and was later pronounced dead, according to a county statement released this afternoon.

County officials said, “The Maui Fire Department and the entire Maui County ohana would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Ibarra family.”

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Friends and co-workers expressed similar sentiment upon learning of Ibarra’s passing.

Circumstances surrounding Ibarra’s death were not immediately available.

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