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Firefighter mourned in Hudson

May 10, 2018 06:21 PM

Hudson firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own. The fire chief tells NewsChannel 13 47-year-old Mark Graziano was found unresponsive in his home Wednesday. He's been with the fire department since he was 14 years old and became a full firefighter at age 18.

Graziano was a dedicated member of the Hudson Fire Department and worked out of Hoysradt Hose.

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The second assistant fire chief says his death is still under investigation. There is no word on a cause yet, but he says an autopsy was done Wednesday.

Graziano was found less than 12 hours after responding to a fire on Warren Street. That was the second fire call he had answered in 24 hours prior to his death. The other one was on Union Street. A firefighter NewsChannel 13 spoke with who also responded to those calls says they weren't heavy fires. One was just an alarm activation.

The assistant chief says Graziano died in the line of duty because his death happened so quickly after those calls.

Graziano was not only a firefighter, but he also worked on the Dive and Rescue Team and served with the Columbia County Hazardous Materials Team.

He was honored for his lifesaving skills in 2016 after rescuing a drowning victim from Oakdale Lake.

The assistant fire chief says they're coping the best they can right now. He says he was with the children last night and this department is a family, so they will continue to be there for them and he says it's a very important time for the community to come together.

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