Gerald “Bear” M Celecki

South Amboy firefighters responded to a residence for a report of a gas odor. Fire Police Officer Celecki directed traffic around the scene. The incident was resolved and firefighters were preparing to leave the scene when they noticed that Fire Police Officer Celecki was down and unconscious. Firefighters provided medical assistance and an ambulance was sent to the scene. Fire Police Officer Celecki was transported to the hospital but did not recover. His death was caused by a heart attack.

Incident Location: 424 Parker Ave., South Amboy, NJ 08879 (U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 6063 8051)

Department Information

South Amboy Fire Department
140 N Broadway
U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 6096 8177
South Amboy, New Jersey 08879

Chief: Michael Geraltowski

Gerald “Bear” M Celecki 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: 70 
Rank: Fire Police Officer 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Oct 14, 2015 08:16
Date of death: Oct 14, 2015 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Scene Safety 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential