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DeLand Fire Chief Daniel Hanes, who has been hospitalized since Sept. 23 after suffering a cardiac emergency, has died, a city spokesman announced Oct. 4.

“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our Fire Chief, Dan Hanes,” Chris Graham, the city’s community-information specialist, said in a statement to the press. “Chief Hanes died early Thursday morning following a cardiac emergency that occurred on Sunday, September 23.”

Hanes, 59, took the helm at the DeLand Fire Department in April, and had more than 35 years of firefighting experience.

Graham said Hanes was previously fire chief for the cities of West Palm Beach and Fernandina Beach, and also had 28 years of service with the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department.

“Chief Hanes very quickly made a significant, positive impact on our fire department. He was a great role model for our firefighters and became a beloved member of our DeLand family and the community,” said Mayor Robert F. Apgar, quoted in Graham’s statement. “The city commission and staff are devastated by his death and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family for their loss.”

Graham said Hanes’ sons thanked the community for its support during their father’s hospitalization.

“Words cannot express our gratitude for the love, prayers and support we’ve received throughout this difficult journey,” Danny and Andrew Hanes said.

The city will share information about services for Hanes once it’s available, Graham said.

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