A firefighter in Longbranch, NJ appears to have died of a heart attack at a commercial building fire. Sources are telling me that several arrests have been made for arson.
God Bless our fallen brother, the family and his comrades in this their time of mourning.
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12-06-2003, 08:21 PM #1
12-06-2003, 08:30 PM #2
Thanks for the information.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Department and the family of our fallen brother. God Bless them all as they deal with this tragedy.
Rest in Peace Brother.09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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12-07-2003, 02:02 AM #3
Volunteer firefighter dies battling blaze in Long Branch
The Associated Press
12/6/2003, 8:49 p.m. ET
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) ó A volunteer firefighter died Saturday evening while battling a blaze in an abandoned commercial structure, the Monmouth County prosecutor's office said.
Ronald W. Fitzpatrick, 68, suffered an apparent heart attack while fighting the fire and died at approximately 5:45 p.m., according to First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Robert A. Honecker Jr.
The fire had started about 90 minutes earlier in the building at Abbotsford Avenue and South Broadway.
Fitzpatrick was a retired Newark firefighter whoe lived in West Long Branch and was a member of the West Long Branch Fire Company. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow, according to Honecker.
The cause and origin of the fire were being investigated Saturday night. Long Branch police and Monmouth County prosecutors were questioning three people in connection with the fire, Honecker said, but no charges had been filed.
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Fitz was also an (& one of my) FF1 instructors at the Monmouth County Fire Academy.
Fitz...You will be missed. Rest in peaceA positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
12-07-2003, 11:30 AM #4
12-07-2003, 06:02 PM #5
my thoughts and prayers as well as those of Local F-106 are with the family and friends of our fallen brother. may justice fall hard on those responsible if this in deed arson.Matt G. Warminster Fire Dept. Station 90
IAFF Local F-106
12-08-2003, 07:00 PM #6
Ronald Fitzpatrick, 68, a retired Newark firefighter and a volunteer with the of the Phil Day Hose Company of the Long Branch Fire Department, died in the line of duty Saturday evening, according to Associated Press reports and 1st Asst. Chief Buzz Baldanza, LBFD.
Ron was the department Training Officer, as well as an instructor with the Monmouth County Fire Academy, were he trained 100's of firefighters, according to Baldanza.
The Associated Press reported, that a blaze had started at an abandoned commercial building in Long Branch at about 4:15 p.m. Before the fire was brought under control, Fitzpatrick died while battling the blaze. The cause of death was believed to be a heart attack.
Long Branch police and Monmouth County prosecuters were questioning three people in connection with the blaze, according to the Associated Press. A criminal investigation is ongoing and arrests have been made, according to Baldanza.
Visitation services are being held Wednesday from 1-9 p.m. at Damiano's Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave., Long Branch, N.J.,07740-6616.
A funeral is being held on Thurs. at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 800 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, N.J., 07740.A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
12-09-2003, 10:45 PM #7
Autopsy: West Long Branch fireman died of heart attack
Published in the Asbury Park Press 12/09/03
By ALISON WALDMAN
COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU
LONG BRANCH -- It was a heart attack that claimed the life of a West Long Branch firefighter who died at the scene of a blaze at a vacant Long Branch building, autopsy results released yesterday showed.
Ronald W. Fitzpatrick, 68, died while directing emergency vehicles outside the empty commercial building near the oceanfront on Saturday night. The volunteer member of the West Long Branch Fire Company and borough resident for more than four decades will be buried Thursday.
Authorities suspect that burning candles ignited a mattress and other combustibles in the building on Abbotsford Avenue and South Broadway used by several men as shelter from the snow, authorities have said. At least three men were in the building at the time the fire broke out.
"Charges have not been filed," First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Robert A. Honecker Jr. said yesterday. "The matter is still under review by our office."
Fitzpatrick retired in 1986 after 27 years of service with the Newark Fire Department Truck Company 3, where he was a captain.
Although retired, he remained active in the field, serving as a volunteer firefighter, a training officer for the Long Branch Fire Department and a senior instructor at the Monmouth County Fire Academy as well as serving in various associations and an advisory council.
Fitzpatrick is survived by five children, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Damiano Funeral Home in Long Branch. The funeral will be held 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Long Branch.A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
12-10-2003, 01:04 AM #8
Kia Kaha Brother.
At the going down of the sun
We shall remember them.Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.
12-10-2003, 01:50 AM #9
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You will be missed by many Capt. Fitz. Thanks for all the training you provided to all of us in Monmouth County.
12-10-2003, 07:23 AM #10
Requiscat in Pace, Brother...
12-10-2003, 09:12 AM #11
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- New Jersey
Rest in Peace, Brother.I.A.C.O.J. Firefighter/EMT-B
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