Louis Kelly

Deputy Fire Coordinator Kelly responded to a multi-alarm residential structure fire in Clark, New Jersey. He arrived on scene and assisted with operations at the Incident Command Post. While on scene, he suffered a medical emergency and went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately tended to by emergency responders, who performed CPR and utilized an AED to regain his pulse and breathing. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and while still hospitalized the following week, his condition deteriorated and he passed away on December 16, 2016.

Incident Location: Clark, NJ (U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 58 98)

Department Information

Union County Fire Office of Emergency Management
300 North Ave. East
U.S. National Grid: 18T WL 5559 0019
Westfield, New Jersey 07090

Chief: Chief Coordinator Fredrick Fretz

Louis Kelly 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: Deputy Fire Coordinator 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Dec 8, 2016 13:27
Date of death: Dec 16, 2016 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Incident Command 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential