United States Fire Administration
30 November 2022
The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain Basil Pizzuto, 49, of the Saddle Brook Fire Department on 23 November 2022.
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, Captain Basil Pizzuto was conducting Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) refresher training to fellow members of the department. The following morning, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, while at his full-time job, he suffered a heart attack and coded. EMS personnel arrived at the scene and were able to revive him. He was then rushed to the hospital where he remained conscious and alert. He then fell ill, was taken into emergency surgery, and passed away a short time later.
Incident date: November 22, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Date of death: November 23, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: In-Station Duties
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Store/Office
The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 85.
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.”