Jon F. Schondelmayer, Captain

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Captain Schondelmayer had completed a shift with the Cary Fire Department and began a shift with the Swift Creek Rural Fire Department. He told firefighters that he did not feel well and went home to get some medication.

When he did not return to the fire station in a timely manner, firefighters called his cell phone and a firefighter was sent to his residence to check on his welfare. Captain Schondelmayer spoke to other firefighters on the telephone and said that he was not feeling well and needed assistance. When the firefighter arrived at Captain Schondelmayer’s residence, he was found unconscious. Captain Schondelmayer was transported to the hospital but later died as a result of a heart attack.

Incident Location: 2739 Campbell Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 (USNG: 17S QV 0471 5764)

Department information

Swift Creek Rural Fire Department
5825 Tryon Road
USNG: 17S QV 0442 5809
Cary, North Carolina 27518

Chief: Bryant Woodall

Jon F. Schondelmayer was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 44
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 18, 2013 13:00
Date of death: December 18, 2013
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty