USFA On-Duty Death: New Jersey

United States Fire Administration
15 December 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Battalion Chief John T. Ruddy, 49, of the Jersey City Fire Department on 8 December 2021.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, Battalion Chief John T. Ruddy responded to numerous fire calls, including two cooking fires and a gas leak. After shift change, he returned home. Approximately 4 hours later, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he passed away a short time later.

Age: 49
Rank: Battalion Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 8, 2021 7:30 a.m.
Date of death: December 8, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Incident Command
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 133.

Go here to read the numbers of on-duty deaths due to COVID-19.

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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