Phoenix firefighter dies while on duty at National Guard base

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Firefighter Doherty was found dead in his quarters while on active military maneuvers at the Arizona Army National Guard Base in Phoenix. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Firefighter Doherty was found dead in his quarters while on active military maneuvers at the Arizona Army National Guard Base in Phoenix. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
(Source: United Phoenix Firefighters/Facebook.com) (Source: United Phoenix Firefighters/Facebook.com)
United Phoenix Firefighters said that Doherty served in two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. (Phoenix Fire Department) United Phoenix Firefighters said that Doherty served in two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. (Phoenix Fire Department)
Doherty was a 15-year veteran of the department and was also a technical rescue technician at Station 45. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Doherty was a 15-year veteran of the department and was also a technical rescue technician at Station 45. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
He was also a decorated captain in the U.S. Army. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) He was also a decorated captain in the U.S. Army. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A firefighter was found dead while on duty at a National Guard base in Phoenix. 

According to the United Phoenix Firefighters, Juston Doherty, 46, was found dead of "apparent natural causes" while on active military maneuvers at the Arizona Army National Guard Base, located near 52nd Street and McDowell Road

Doherty was a 15-year veteran of the department and was also a technical rescue technician at Station 45. He was also a decorated captain in the U.S. Army.

United Phoenix Firefighters said that Doherty served in two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"In addition to his many accomplishments in the fire service, he was the recipient of the Phoenix Fire Departments Medal of Valor for entering a burning apartment on his day off without protection to save children who were trapped in the fire," United Phoenix Firefighters said in their Facebook post

The firefighters union described Doherty as a cherished and decorated “larger than life” member of the Phoenix Fire Department "who personified all things great about both organizations." 

The Governor's Office said flags at all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff on Monday in honor of Doherty.

Below is a full statement from the Phoenix Fire Department.

With great sadness, The Phoenix Fire Department announces the sudden passing of Phoenix Firefighter Juston Doherty.

Firefighter Doherty was found deceased in his quarters while on active military maneuvers at the Arizona Army National Guard Base in Phoenix.

In addition to being a Phoenix Firefighter and Technical Rescue Technician at Station 45, Juston was also a highly-decorated Captain in the U.S. Army. Juston had a long and decorated military career. He was an Army Ranger and Airborne School graduate. He served in two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and received multiple commendations and medals throughout his distinguished military career including the Bronze Star. He continued to serve our country in the Army Reserves in addition to being a full-time Phoenix Firefighter.

Firefighter Doherty was also a 15-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department and held the title of technical rescue technician. In addition to his many accomplishments in the fire service, he was also the recipient of the Phoenix Fire Departments Medal of Valor for entering a burning apartment on his day off without protection to save children who were trapped in the fire. Firefighter Doherty suffered serious burns during the incident. Needless to say, Juston’s heroic aptitude and commitment to serve his country and community knew no bounds and undoubtedly saved numerous lives.

Juston Doherty was a cherished and decorated “larger than life” member of the Phoenix Fire Department. His sudden passing creates a void in our family that will be difficult to overcome. His energy, spirit and commitment to service was an invaluable asset to our membership and will be greatly missed.

In keeping with fire service tradition, sworn first-responder and military personnel will remain in honor watch with Firefighter Doherty until his services which are still pending. The Phoenix Fire Department Member Services Staff is providing Juston’s family with all of their needs during this tragic loss. We ask that you please respect the families wishes for privacy at this time.

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