by: Nick McGurk Updated:
OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Rob Koczewski, 67, died of a heart attack while hosing down hot spots near his Okanogan County home, according to law enforcement officials.
Koczewski is the first person whose death is connected to the Carlton Complex of fires.
"He was a good friend of mine, and a great man,” said Dave Rodriguez, with the Okanogan County Sheriff Dept., who considered Koczewski one of his closest friends.
Koczewski did have a history of heart issues, said Rodriguez, who believes the combination of exertion, heat and lack of sleep contributed to the heart attack.
"He spent his life serving the nation, and our community, and it's real sad that this happened to him,” said Rodriguez.
Koczewski was a state trooper, and before that a Sgt. Major in the Marine Corps. He was out working on the spot fire with his wife when the heart attack happened.
Retired WSP trooper dies trying to save home from fire
Man dressed as Zorro detained during LAX panic
Brothers arrested in the shooting death of Dwyane Wade's cousin
One year after a reporter and cameraman were killed on live TV, WDBJ…
Social media slams Donald Trump for tweet about Dwyane Wade's cousin's death