Fairbanks Battalion Fire Chief found dead at home

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The City of Fairbanks announced on June 4 the death of Battalion Fire Kenneth Mayfield.

Kenneth Mayfield (City of Fairbanks)

“The untimely passing of Ken Mayfield is deeply felt by the fire service family here at Fairbanks Fire Department, across the Interior, and around the state," said Acting Chief Tod Chambers. "Ken was a dedicated man who had many talents, and he was our brother through and through."

According to the press release, Mayfield was found dead in his home after a welfare check when he didn't show up to work, and that his death seems to be accidental.

“Ken was a great man, a dedicated employee, and a loved co-worker," said Mayor Jim Matherly. "I would like to offer my deepest sympathy, as well as my support, to Ken’s family and to all who worked with him and called him a friend. The events going on in the world add an extra layer of stress on all public safety employees, and we are asking for the community’s support while we deal with the tragic loss of our valued employee.”

Mayfield served 22 years in Fairbanks.

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