Pasquale “Pepper” DiBenedetto, Chief Engineer/Firefighter

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On July 30, 2018, Chief Engineer/Firefighter DiBenedetto responded from his home to the firehouse for an activated CO alarm call. An in-station crew and the chief responded to investigate and found it due to a faulty battery.  DiBenedetto stood-by in-station for additional calls and to place the apparatus back into service.  Upon completion, he then returned home.  The next morning, DiBenedetto complained that he wasn’t feeling well and had a friend transport him to a local hospital.  He suffered a massive stroke while en route, and required immediate surgery upon arrival.  Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he passed away in the hospital on August 2, 2018.

Incident Location:  3 South Main Street, PO Box 1, Englishtown, NJ  07726 (US National Grid: 18T WK 5441 6044 (D.D.: 40.293, -74.360))

Department information

Englishtown Fire Department
3 South Main Street, PO Box 1
Englishtown, New Jersey 07726

Chief: Louis Sarti

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

Age: 68
Rank: Chief Engineer/Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: July 30, 2018 20:16
Date of death: August 2, 2018
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Cerebrovascular Accident
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: N/A