A Sandown, N.H. firefighter died during a training exercise Sunday morning.

Harold Frey, 46, of Sandown, was finishing an ice rescue training class on the Exeter River just before noon when he collapsed, suffering a heart attack, said Fire Chief Wilfred Tapley.

Tapley said that Frey was a new member of the department, though he was a longtime firefighter.

According to FireFighterCloseCalls.com, which reports on firefighter deaths, Frey had just gotten out of the icy water when he couldn’t catch his breath. Crews on scene were unable to revive him.

Frey’s death is considered a “death in the line of duty.”

Tapley said that members of the Granite State Fire Service Support Team were on hand at the Sandown Fire Department providing assistance to its members.

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