Richard L Choate

The Byram Township Fire Department responded to an activated fire alarm incident. Firefighter Choate responded and drove the department’s tanker (tender) apparatus to the scene, where he stood-by while personnel investigated. The fire department cleared the scene shortly thereafter, and he fueled the apparatus upon returning to quarters.

Members later reported that Choate appeared tired, but did not express any complaints. Approximately 5 hours later, he was found unresponsive inside his personal vehicle, which had run off the road into a wooded area. Police and EMS responded, finding him in cardiac arrest. He was transported to a local hospital with CPR and AED use in progress. He was subsequently pronounced dead at 1303hrs.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Andover, NJ (U.S. National Grid: 18T WL 21 37)

Department Information

Byram Township Fire Deptartment
PO Box 361, 225 U.S. 206, , NJ
U.S. National Grid: 18T WL 2245 3318
Andover, New Jersey 07821

Chief: Charles “Chuck” Putz

Richard L Choate 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: 68 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Sep 8, 2014 07:08
Date of death: Sep 8, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After 
Fixed property use: Street/Road