Kevin Anthony Apuzzio, Foreman

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Foreman Apuzzio and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a residential structure fire. First-arriving police officers removed an occupant from the front porch of the structure. The occupant advised that a 75 year-old woman was trapped in the structure. Arriving firefighters were made aware of the trapped woman by police officers. Firefighters, including Foreman Apuzzio, entered the structure for search and rescue and fire control. Foreman Apuzzio located the trapped woman in a bedroom and was dragging her to the exterior when a sudden floor collapse occurred, dropping both Foreman Apuzzio and the fire victim into the basement of the structure. Firefighters were unable to reach Foreman Apuzzio due to fire conditions. He was removed from the structure approximately 90 minutes after the collapse and transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. The cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation and 40% body surface burns. The fire victim was also killed as a result of the incident.

Department information

East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
121 Pinegrove Ave.
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

Chief: Dan Krushinski

Kevin Anthony Apuzzio 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: 21
Rank: Foreman
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 11, 2006 06:28
Date of death: April 11, 2006
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

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