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Richard E. Tomlins, Jr.


Firefighter Tomlins and the members of his fire department responded to an automatic fire alarm in a building.  The alarm was unnecessary, and the incident was completed.  Firefighter Tomlins suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after arriving home.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Richard E. Tomlins, 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

Cold Spring Fire Company
154 Main Street
Cold Spring, New York 10516

Age: 43
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 15, 2018 22:00
Date of death: February 15, 2018
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Unknown
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Industry

Last updated: July 10, 2020

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