USFA On-Duty Death: New Jersey

United States Fire Administration
16 July 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the on-duty death of Assistant Chief William “Billy” Shaffer, 53, of Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company No.2 on 14 July 2021.

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Assistant Chief William “Billy” Shaffer responded to a vehicle fire. While at the scene, he was found unresponsive by other first responders. He was immediately treated and was rushed to the RWJ Somerset Hospital where he passed away.

Age: 53
Rank: Assistant Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: July 14, 2021 1:18 p.m.
Date of death: July 14, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 57.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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