Douglas C. Ambrozewycz, Firefighter

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On December 11, 1983 Firefighter Douglas C. Ambrozewycz responded to a building fire at 102 Smith Street (Frank's Bakery) with Protection Hook & Ladder Company # 1. While engaged in fire suppression, a section of the first floor collapsed, sending him through the floor into the fire below. He was injured with 2nd & 3rd degree burns and received extensive medical care including numerous blood transfusions. Due to the required blood transfusions for the injuries sustained, he contracted Hepatits C which appeared many years later. This disease caused many debilitating health conditions including liver failure which ultimately caused his death on June 10, 2018.

Incident Location: 102 Smith Street, Perth Amboy, NJ (U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 6210 8447)

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: 60
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 11, 1983 00:50
Date of death: June 10, 2018
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office