Robert “Hawk” Carl Meyer

Firefighter Meyer was part of an engine crew that advanced a 2-1/2 inch handline into a working commercial structure fire. The incident commander ordered a transition to defensive operations and the line operated by Firefighter Meyer was removed from the structure.

Upon exiting the building, Firefighter Meyer suddenly collapsed. He was treated by on-scene EMS responders and transported to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead due to a heart attack.

Incident Location: 615 Union Ave, Union Beach, NJ 07735 (U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 7073 7741)

Department Information

Union Beach Fire Department
650 Poole AVE
U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 6961 7684
Union Beach, New Jersey 07735

Chief: Ronald Burkhardt, Jr.

Robert “Hawk” Carl Meyer 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: 54 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jun 8, 2014 18:00
Date of death: Jun 8, 2014 
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: Manufacturing