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Pittsburgh Native Volunteer Firefighter Dies In Buffalo, NY

By Kym Gable
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(Credit: KDKA)

(Credit: KDKA)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Family and fellow firefighters are mourning the death of a young Pittsburgh native who died during a firefighter training session in Buffalo.

Jarrett Eleam, 26, who played football at Oliver High School and graduated from Duquesne University, passed away Wednesday night.

He was rushed to the hospital on Monday during a training session at the Big Tree Fire Company in Buffalo where he’d been living for the past two years.

His sister, Darneice Bivins, tells KDKA Jarrett had a stroke.

Jarrett was an organ donor. Several of his organs will help save the lives of patients across the country.

“His liver is going to a woman in Rochester, a mother of three. His heart is going to a linebacker in Washington, D.C. and his lungs – here’s the best part ever – they’re coming home to Pittsburgh,” Bivins told KDKA’s Kym Gable by telephone.

A full firefighter’s funeral is being planned for sometime early next week at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District. Hundreds of firefighters are expected to attend.

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