06/08/2015 02:48 EDT | Updated 06/08/2016 05:59 EDT

Quebec firefighter, 21, dies after cardiac problems during half-marathon

SHAWINIGAN, Que. - A 21-year-old Quebec firefighter has died after collapsing during a half-marathon on the weekend.

Maxime Fournier died Sunday after suffering cardiac arrest about a kilometre from the finish line.

The city of Shawinigan says Fournier had been an employee since July 2014 and had volunteered to take part in the popular firefighter-sponsored race.

One of the race organizers, Carl Boulianne, says everything possible was done to save Fournier.

An emergency crew made up of firefighter cadets and an emergency room doctor tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Fournier at the scene.