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Fire chief: Rogers Fire Captain dies after medical emergency

Rogers Fire Captain Shawn Treat passed away on March 20 after a medical emergency, Chief Jenkins confirmed on Tuesday, March 21.

ROGERS, Ark. — According to Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins, a fire captain died after a medical emergency on Monday night while off duty.

A statement released on the Rogers Fire Department's Facebook page says that Capt. Shawn Treat joined the department in 2000, 23 years ago to the day of his passing. 

He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2004 and served at various stations throughout the city, including Engine 4, Engine 2 and Ladder 5. Capt. Treat was then transferred to Engine 8 when the station opened in August 2020.

In the last three years, Treat become one of just six Rogers firefighters to receive specialized training with the Arkansas National Guard for helicopter-based water rescue.  

"Rarely was their a problem in which Shawn didn’t have a solution," said the department's statement. 

Some of Treat's coworkers had the following statements to say in his memory:

  • “He expressed how much pride he had in our female firefighters."
  • “Captain Shawn Treat is one of the greatest people I have known in my life as a human being, teacher, leader, and coach.”
  • “He guided me in my career and life. I don’t think I’ll ever be the firefighter that he was.”
  • “His influence, leadership and mentorship is unmatched.”
  • “You left me and countless others better than you found us.”
  • “He was a Rogers firefighter through and through.”
  • “Shawn was a hell of a firefighter.”

The Rogers Fire Department says they are sad, but they will be "just fine." They will continue serving the city, which they say is exactly how Capt. Treat would have demanded them to carry on. 

The Tontitown Fire Department posted a message saying their thoughts and prayers are with Treat's family and the Rogers Fire Department.

Last night, our department was notified of the sudden and unexpected death of Captain Shawn Treat. Shawn joined the...

Posted by Rogers Fire Department on Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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