William F. Gerace, Firefighter

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On April 10, as he was advancing hose line during mandatory live burn training, Firefighter William Gerace suffered a spiral fracture to his right fibula. On April 28, Firefighter Gerace’s spouse contacted 911 from Gerace's residence as he was showing signs of severe respiratory difficulty. Upon the arrival of emergency responders, Firefighter Gerace stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately transported to a local hospital with EMS performing CPR. CPR was continued at the hospital and, after approximately 20 minutes, doctors pronounced him deceased. Autopsy results showed that he suffered a pulmonary embolism, which was directly attributed to being a complication of his initial leg fracture and recovery process.

Department information

Gibbsboro Fire Company No.1 Inc.
131 Hilliards Rd.
P.O Box 1
Gibbsboro, New Jersey 08026

Chief: George Haaf

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 54
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 10, 2017 19:30
Date of death: April 28, 2017
Cause of death: Fall
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Memorial fund information

Donations to Gibbsboro Fire Company, 131 Hilliards Road Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 or Barbara Shelton-Gerace c/o LeRoy P. Wooster Funeral Home, 441 White Horse Pike, Atco, NJ 08004 to set up an education fund for William’s Children