USFA On-Duty Death: New Jersey

United States Fire Administration
27 October 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Kevin G. May, 29, of the Westwood Fire Department on 24 October 2022.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, Firefighter Kevin G. May responded as part of a mutual aid assignment to a 5 alarm house fire in Upper Saddle River. The next morning, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, he was experiencing chest pains and had difficulty breathing. He was immediately rushed to the local hospital where a stent procedure was performed. He was released from the hospital on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022.

On Monday morning, Oct. 24, 2022, Firefighter May was found unresponsive. CPR was initiated and 9-1-1 was called. All efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The cause of his death was an apparent heart attack.

Age: 29
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: October 16, 2022 6:00 p.m.
Date of death: October 24, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 79.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2022.

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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