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Autopsy concludes Niebergall died of heart failure

An autopsy by the Summit County Coroner’s Office concluded that Barrie Niebergall died of acute heart failure.

Niebergall, a local fire department veteran, died March 17 at the age of 56.

Despite efforts of paramedics, Niebergall was pronounced dead shortly after a fellow firefighter found him unconscious in the exercise room of the Red, White & Blue north station.



Coroner Joanne Richardson said Niebergall’s heart failure was a result of severe coronary artery disease.

“There was a narrowing of the coronary arteries due to plaque buildup – in his case 85 to 95 percent – that prevented adequate blood supply to the heart,” Richardson said.



Nearly 700 people attended Niebergall’s memorial service Saturday at Summit High School. Before the service, 62 vehicles, many of them emergency vehicles from around the state, participated in an hour-long memorial procession from Breckenridge to Frisco.

Niebergall held numerous state firefighting, driver-operator and emergency medicine certificates. Through the years he held positions as lieutenant, battalion captain and engineer.

Niebergall most enjoyed driving the trucks and was best known throughout Colorado for his vast knowledge of fire apparatus.

– Kim Marquis


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