Photo credit: Travis County Constable Precinct 2
A Travis County deputy constable died Saturday while helping families affected by wildfires in the area, according to The Austin American-Statesman.
Cpl. Kevin Aigner, 38, was in Steiner Ranch to aid returning families when he collapsed, spokeswoman Linda Bertram told the newspaper.
Aigner and the other deputies did not have breathing equipment or masks while working in the smoky conditions.
An official cause of death was not available Monday and the medical examiner's office is currently waiting on the results of an autopsy.
"He was a big guy with a big heart," Supervisor Edward Howell said. "He was always willing to give you a hand. If somebody's car broke down, he would definitely be one of the first ones to help."
Aigner served in the constable's office since 2000 and had been an officer since 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Ronya Mudd Aigner, and children Kenneth, Matthew, Tatum and Meadow.
Visitation for Cpl. Aigner will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at Hill Country Bible Church Northwest, 12124 RM 620 North.