James J Butler, Jr.

Chief Driver Butler and the members of his fire department responded to an automatic fire alarm in a local hotel. The alarm was accidental, caused by cooking. Upon his return to the fire station, Chief Driver Butler told other firefighters that he was not feeling well.

Chief Driver Butler went home and became ill later that day. He was transported to the hospital but died as the result of a heart attack.

Incident Location: 25 North Ave, Derby, CT 06418 (U.S. National Grid: 18T XL 5929 7661)

Department Information

Derby Fire Department - Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4
57 Derby Avenue
U.S. National Grid: 18T XL 6064 7581
Derby, Connecticut 06418

Chief: Kurt Kemmesis, Jr.

James J Butler, Jr. 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: 50 
Rank: Chief Driver 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Feb 7, 2016 11:12
Date of death: Feb 7, 2016 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type:  
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Returning 
Fixed property use: Store/Office