APOPKA, Fla. — The Apopka community is mourning the loss of a firefighter who died after his family said he was injured while at work.
The family of Austin Duran confirmed he died from his injuries on Friday.
Duran’s family said the firefighter was severely injured while moving heavy equipment at the fire station on June 30.
The Apopka Fire Department released the following statement on Saturday:
"With a heavy heart and deep sadness the Apopka Fire Department announces the Line of Duty Death of Fire Fighter Austin Duran related to injuries sustained on June 30th, 2022.
Austin joined our fire department family as a Fire Explorer during high school and started working with the Apopka Fire Department in July 2020.
There are truly no words for the magnitude of this particular loss. We lost our brother, our friend, and a member of our family. Our hearts are broken for our department, for Austin’s family, and for our community. It is in these moments of sheer tragedy where our brother/sisterhood is reminded of the brevity of life, and the importance of standing together as a family."