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John “Bobby” Robert Westervelt


Firefighter Westervelt and the members of his fire department responded to their fire station for an automatic fire alarm in a senior citizens housing facility. Prior to leaving the fire station, the incident was found to be false and the response was cancelled. Firefighter Westervelt was discovered by firefighters outside of the fire station. He was unresponsive and emergency medical care was initiated. Efforts to revive Firefighter Westervelt at the fire station and after his arrival at the hospital were unsuccessful. His death was caused by a heart attack.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
John “Bobby” Robert Westervelt 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.

Department information

Spring Valley Fire Department
PO Box 637
Spring Valley, New York 10977

Chief: Scott Maia

Age: 57
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: January 22, 2006 14:05
Date of death: January 22, 2006
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: March 27, 2018

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