Robert A. Fitch, Firefighter/Safety officer

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Firefighter/Safety Officer Fitch responded with his fire department to a technical rescue call for a person who became stuck on some cliffs while attempting to rescue their pet. After the call, Firefighter Fitch returned home and during the night succumbed in his sleep to a cardiac related injury.

Vicinity of German Flats, NY (U.S. National Grid: 18T WN 0167 5833)

Department information

East Herkimer Fire Department
193 main road
U.S. National Grid: 18T WN 0274 6421
Herkimer, New York 13350

Chief: Doug Barton

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

Age: 60
Rank: Firefighter/Safety officer
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 27, 2017 16:11
Date of death: November 28, 2017
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Memorial fund information

All memorial contributions may be made to either Herkimer County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 148, Herkimer, NY 13350 or to the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department, 193 Main Road, PO Box 95, Herkimer, NY 13350

The family will be receiving relatives and friends on Friday December 1, 2017 from 3 pm – 6 pm at the New Life Church, 337 Protection Ave., Herkimer, NY. A memorial service will follow at 6:00 pm at the New Life Church with Pastor David Hayner, officiating. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.