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Spokane Valley firefighter to be honored with Line of Duty Death Funeral Protocol

Dan Patterson had been at Sacred Heart Medical Center since July 21. He was taken off life support on August 1.

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) has announced that firefighter Dan Patterson has passed away.

Patterson suffered a cardiac arrest on July 21, 2022, after going off shift, according to SVFD.

"It is with heartfelt sadness that I share the news of Dan's passing," said SVFD Fire Chief, Frank Soto Jr. in an email to all SVFD personnel. "Know that his personal family and his Firefighter Family were with him during his passing. Dan was a big presence for many of us—even for me in my short time here. I have watched the shares of "remember to be kind to each other like Dan, hug each other like Dan, and tell each other you love them . . . like Dan" and hope in the days to come, and as time passes, this sentiment remains within us all. We need it every day." 

According to SVFD, Patterson had been on life support at Sacred Heart since July 21. He was taken off life support on Monday, August 1. SVFD said he gave his last service as an organ donor to help those with medical needs.

Patterson's funeral is scheduled for August 10. He will be honored with the Line of Duty Death Funeral Protocol. In the press release, SVFD said they expect the path to be lined with friends, family, and other emergency responder departments paying their respects.

The procession will leave SVFD Fire Station District 2 at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at Calvary Chapel approximately between 11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

The procession to the chapel will include the following route:

  • North on Argonne from Euclid
  • 6.1 miles Left Peone
  • 8.2 miles Cross railroad tracks
  • 8.4 miles Right Market
  • 8.9 miles Left Farwell
  • 10.5 miles Farwell turns to Hastings
  • 12.0 miles Land at Calvary church Package will turn into church parking lot underneath Flag and crossed ladders

SVFD asks that drivers be respectful and aware of larger than usual numbers of pedestrians in the area.

A GoFundMe was started to help the family with any expenses. Over $28,000 have been donated so far.

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