NJ EMS Chief Dies from COVID-19 Complications

April 19, 2020
John P. Careccia was chief and training director at Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad, and he also was a CPR instructor.

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A New Jersey EMS chief died last week from complication of COVID-19.

John Careccia, chief of Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad, passed away Friday, Port Reading Fire Company No. 1 announced in an online post. He also served as the rescue squad's training director.

"I decided to pursue a career in Emergency Medical Care in 1993 after seeing what 2 emergency responders did to save my son," Careccia said in a 2015 interview with CPR Headquarters, where he also contributed as a columnist. "I decided then and there that I would pay it forward. I became a volunteer EMT in 1993 and started teaching CPR in 1994. I realized early on that I was able to teach others how to apply life saving techniques effectively especially when it came to using CPR to save lives. I developed a unique approach to teaching CPR more from a practical rather than technical application."


In 2012, Careccia began his own business, which helps people find inexpensive and effective solutions to mobility and overall health issues, according to his LinkedIn page.

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