Richard Donald Weisse, Sr.

Firefighter Weisse was the leader of his department’s junior firefighter program. On the morning of November 15th, Firefighter Weisse was supervising the junior firefighter’s annual food drive. He responded to a fire alarm in a local school and then returned to continue work on the food drive.

As he worked, Firefighter Weisse suffered a fatal heart attack.

Department Information

St. James Fire District
221 Jefferson Ave
USNG: 18T XL 5515 2647
St. James, New York 11780

Chief: Michael Grayson

Richard Donald Weisse, Sr. 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: 59 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Nov 15, 2014 11:00
Date of death: Nov 15, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty 
Fixed property use: Educational