"He did not have the very best health, he struggled with respiratory problems, so he probably collapsed from the heat," said assistant to mayor Tereza Vosykova for idnes.cz. On the death of Richter he informed the portal of the Firefighters Association of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia on his website
Richter led volunteer firefighters for 18 years. His goal was to improve the conditions for their work. Jan Hamáček, Minister of the Interior, was the first to lead the family and his friends. "Today Karel Richter, a former mayor of the Association of Firefighters of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, died, always advocating the improvement of conditions for voluntary firefighters, honoring his memory and sincere condolences to the survivors," he said on his Twitter
Voluntary firefighters have been in the Czech countries for more than 150 years. Local associations are active in almost all large municipalities throughout the country. Assist professional units in dealing with major fires or accidents, help with flooding and eliminate the consequences of storms and other disasters. In smaller villages, associations are also traditionally important organizers of cultural and social events
Karel Richter has been working for more than 50 years with voluntary firefighters, led by a national association of tens of thousands of volunteers in the republic, since 2000.