Joseph Pepe, 47, Athletic New Jersey Firefighter Died

Surrounded by children, friends and fellow firefighters, Joseph Pepe played basketball at a fund-raiser for his old grammar school in Springfield Friday as he had for many years at the annual event


Surrounded by children, friends and fellow firefighters, Joseph Pepe played basketball at a fund-raiser for his old grammar school in Springfield Friday as he had for many years at the annual event.

Mr. Pepe, a Springfield firefighter, was in his element that day at James Caldwell School when a heart attack sent him to Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Though emergency medical personnel fought to revive him, the 47-year-old Warren Township resident died, leaving behind a legacy of community service and family dedication.

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