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First reports from the scene indicated that David McNeal was alive and rescued from the pond. Later, Eyewitness News learned that he had been pronounced dead at a Macon hospital. We spoke with the Coroner, who told us that the cause of death was a massive myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, which may have happened before the mower flipped.

A Jones County volunteer firefighter and retireddistrict fire chief is dead after his mower flipped over into a pond Saturday afternoon.

That's according to Sergeant Davis with the Jones County Sheriff's Office.

He says the man's name was David McNeal.

McNeal retired from the Jones County Fire Department as the District 8 station chief, but still worked as a volunteer.

He was mowing on a steep embankment at a home on Lite-N-Tie Road around 2 p.m. when he flipped.

He and the mower fell into the pond.

He was pulled from the pond and taken to the Coliseum Hospital in Macon, where he was pronounced dead.

County Coroner Jeff Bridges says McNeal died of a massive myocardial infarction.

That's commonly known as a heart attack or coronary.

He did not know if the infarction happened before or after the mower flipped.

Jones County fire chief Don Graham says McNeal was one of the department's volunteer firefighters.

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