Southeastern Massachusetts is in mourning after the death of a third generation firefighter, who suffered a heart attack while responding to a fire call.

Firefighter Kenneth Marshall Jr., just 33 years old, was officially a Rehoboth firefighter for 15 years. His father, Kenneth Sr., is a retired firefighter, and grandfather George “Rab” Wetherall, served for 30 years.

Marshall, an on-call firefighter, was driving a firetruck en route to a reported kitchen fire around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday when he slumped over. The other firefighters stopped the truck, performed CPR and tended to him, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

Marshall leaves a wife and two children, ages 3 and 6.

The wake will be Wednesday at the Foley Hathaway Funeral Home in Attleboro. The funeral is set for Thursday at the Community Covenant Church, with a burial at Oak Knoll Cemetery.

Marshall was the 78th firefighter to die in the line of duty this year, according to the US Fire Administration.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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