Baxter County volunteer firefighter dies in the line of duty

A volunteer firefighter from Baxter County has died in the line of duty.

According to a Facebook post by the Arkansas State Firefighters Association, 75-year-old Michael Watkins, who was a driver and engineer with the Northeast Lakeside Fire Department, suffered a heart attack while responding to a brush fire April 21. He died three days later at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

A celebration of life for Watkins will be held Saturday morning at 11 at First United Methodist Church in Mountain Home.

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