New Jersey Firefighter Collapses in Station, Dies

A veteran firefighter in New Brunswick, N.J. collapsed and died in his station Tuesday morning.

Acting Lt. Thomas Van Liew, 52, was found unresponsive in an office, said Fire Director Robert Rawls.

His crew initiated care, and continued the effort until paramedics arrived. VanLiew was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital where he died.

Van Liew, a career firefighter in New Brunswick for the past 20 years and 11 months, also was a volunteer at Highland Park Fire Department.

Rawls, who said he started on the job with Van Liew, called him a very dedicated firefighter who was active in his community.

He is survived by his wife and a son.

Funeral Information

Visitation for Firefighter Van Liew is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Quackenboss Funeral Home, 156 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19-21 S. 2nd Ave., Highland Park, N.J.