Tempe Fire captain dies during swimming accident in Portugal

Posted at 4:31 PM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-04 22:37:31-04

The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is mourning the loss of one of its own.

On Wednesday, Tempe Fire announced Captain Frank Reed died during a swimming accident in Portugal. 

He was on vacation with his girlfriend when the tragic incident occurred. His body was recovered early Wednesday morning, the agency confirmed.

According to a Tempe Fire Department spokesperson, Reed worked for the department for nearly two decades.

Chief Greg Ruiz released the following statement:

On behalf of the men and women at Tempe Fire Medical Rescue, members of Local 493, and his Tempe city colleagues, we ask for your prayers and thoughts as we work through this challenging time as a family.

His stepdaughter set up a GoFundMe account to bring his body home.