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Richard W Leonard

Firefighter Richard W. Leonard was operating a pumper at a fire on State Street in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on April 19, 1993. The fire involved a recycling facility with plastics. Firefighter Leonard did not have breathing air and worked in the highly toxic plastic burning smoke for hours. Leonard never returned to duty and spent the last 24 years under workers' compensation care for continuous medical conditions caused from inhaling the smoke. Firefighter Leonard died on July 30, 2017 due to the effects of the smoke exposure.

Incident Location: 1037-1057 State ST, Perth Amboy, NJ (U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 6239 8717)

Department Information

Perth Amboy Fire Department
375 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861

Chief: Edward A. Mullen

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

Age: 70 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Apr 19, 1993 12:20
Date of death: Jul 30, 2017 
Cause of death: Exposure 
Nature of death: Other 
Activity type: Pump Operations 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Industry