Robert A. Fitch, Firefighter/Safety officer

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Firefighter/Safety Officer Fitch and the members of his fire department responded to a mutual aid rescue incident at 1611hrs on November 27, 2017. Firefighter Fitch responded to the scene and the incident was concluded at 1732hrs.

East Herkimer units returned to service and Firefighter/Safety Officer Fitch went home. Later that evening or early the next morning, Firefighter/Safety Officer Fitch died of a heart attack as he slept.

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

Robert A. Fitch 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: 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: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After

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.

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