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Robert E. White, Jr.


Chief White, the members of his fire department, and firefighters from mutual aid fire departments responded to a residential fire at 1859hrs on December 5, 2019.  Shortly after his arrival on the scene, Chief White collapsed.  He was transported to the hospital where he died as the result of a heart attack.  The house fire was intentionally set.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Robert E. White, Jr. 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.

Department information

West Stockholm Fire Department
137 County Route 57
West Stockholm, New York 13696

Chief: First Assistant Matthew Tuper

Age: 65
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 5, 2019 18:59
Date of death: December 5, 2019
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Incident Command
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: July 07, 2020

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