Carmel heart attack victim found dead at fire station

Posted April 21, 2010, at 11:32 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A heart attack was cited as the cause of death of a 49-year-old Carmel man whose body was found outside one of the city’s fire stations Tuesday morning.

The man, identified as Vincent T. Chodkowski, was found on the ground near the entrance of Bangor Fire Department’s Station 6, at 11 Griffin Road, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a statement released to the media Wednesday.

Edwards said Bangor firefighters and police were called to Station 6 just after 10 a.m. Tuesday for a report of an unconscious male. When they arrived, they determined that Chodkowski was deceased.

The station was not staffed at the time because Fire Department personnel who usually work there were attending scheduled mandatory training at the Central Fire Station on Main Street, Edwards said.

An autopsy performed Wednesday at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta determined that Chodkowski died as the result of acute myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, Edwards said. The cause was listed as natural.

Just before his death, Chodkowski had been driving a van for a company that transports people with mental disabilities and had one passenger on board, Edwards said.

Authorities concluded that Chodkowski was suffering a heart attack when he pulled into Station 6 and collapsed, he said.

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