LODD, Line of Duty Death, Firefighter, Wallington, REadington, Hopelawn, Roselle, Cape May, Princeton, Flanders, Elmwood Park, Stafford,
Union Beach Fire Department
Robert "Hawk" Meyer
Died June 8, 2014
Multiple companies and departments were operating at a multiple alarm fire. The fire was in a commercial building in Union Beach (Monmouth County) and initial reports are that the member went down from a medical emergency.
Wallington Fire Department
Died February 28, 2014
Gregory Barnas died on February 28 from a fall while working the roof of a restaurant fire. Officials say that he is a 29-year veteran at the Jersey City Fire Department and a volunteer at the department in Wallington. Official also noted that the fallen firefighters' sons are also firefighters. Gregory was 57 years old and the cause of death may be from a heart attack
Readington Fire Company
Died March 28, 2013
Jeffrey Scheuerer died on March 28 while working with a Fire Service crew on a controlled burn at Round Valley Recreation Area in Clinton Township. He was struck by a Jeep and killed after heavy smoke apparently shifted and obscured the road on which he was standing, Lebanon-Stanton Road.
On April 2, flashing light bars muted with black bunting, and pipers and drummers led an army of 110 fire-fighting trucks into a church parking lot for the funeral Mass of fallen firefighter Jeffrey Scheuerer, 35. He was a 21-year volunteer with the Readington Fire Company and a district warden with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service since 2007.
Readington Fire Company Captain Matt Hoffman said that Scheuerer was "always a member who we could count on at drills, meetings, parades and calls with the agency, no matter what type of event."
Hopelawn Volunteer Fire Department
Died January 19, 2012
A volunteer firefighter died from a heart attack while he was working a fatal house fire Thursday in Woodbridge, N.J.
Firefighter Bruce Turcotte, 58, of the Hopelawn Volunteer Fire Department in Woodbridge, was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died.
“Bruce was an outstanding firefighter and public servant,” Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac said. “He loved the fire company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Roselle Fire Department
Captain Jon Young
Died November 16, 2011
On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Captain Jon Young from Roselle Fire Department developed a medical condition, which resulted in a motor vehicle accident. He was responding to an alarm of fire.
A responding engine company found his vehicle and called for assistance. They immediately rendered aid to no avail. Unfortunately, Young passed away.
"The Fire Service has lost another great individual," said retired Englewood Fire Chief Robert Moran. "Jon was a great guy and friend," said Elizabeth Fire Captain Gary Haszko.
Services are scheduled for November 22 and 23. Further information will be posted as it is available.
City of Cape May
Lt. Andrew “Andy” K. Boyt
Died October 3, 2011
A few hours after working a twenty-four hour shift, Lieutenant Boyt’s personal vehicle was observed parked on the side of a local road. Lt. Boyt was inside of the vehicle, slumped over the steering wheel.
Police, EMS and medics responded and found Lt. Boyt unresponsive, they started CPR and ALS. He was immediately transported to Cape Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Lieutenant Boyt had responded to fire calls within 24 hours prior to his passing. The cause of his death is still under investigation.
Died August 28, 2011
Michael Kenwood, 39 years old and a member of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue squad, was swept away in swift moving flood waters while attempting to search a submerged car during Hurricane Irene.
Died May 31, 2011
Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Shields, 42, died today after responding to a call involving a child made sick by the heat.
It is the fire company’s first line-of-duty death since its founding in 1927.
Firefighters were called to Mountainview School for an unresponsive child. After clearing the scene, Shields returned to the firehouse to work on reports and other business. He complained of not feeling well and went home. Once home, his wife, a lieutenant with the EMS division of the fire company, called for an ambulance. He was transported to Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville, where he died.
“Our hearts go out to the Shields family,” said Fire Chief Greg Widzemok. “We’re devastated. He was a huge part of this department and we will miss him.”
Died December 28, 2010
Some call him Captain , some call him firefighter, his wife calls him husband, his daughters call him dad, I call him a friend. Ken Adamo has been a member of the Elmwood Park Volunteer Fire Department for the last eight years. Prior to that he was a member of the Garfield Fire Department for 21 years.
Died June 6, 2010
Firefighter Eckert was born in Atlantic City and a life-long New Jersey resident. He was 71 years old and a volunteer with the Stafford Township Fire Department in Manahawkin. He was a past chief as well as a member of the fire police. In addition, Firefighter Eckert was also a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Redman Lodge #61, Tuckerton.