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.
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.
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