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William “Billy” Shaffer

Assistant Chief

On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Assistant Chief William “Billy” Shaffer responded to a vehicle fire.  While at the scene, he was found unresponsive by other first responders.  He was immediately treated and was rushed to the RWJ Somerset Hospital where he passed away. 

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

Department information

Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #2
375 Route 206
Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844

Chief: Mike Patton

Age: 53
Rank: Assistant Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: July 14, 2021 1:18 p.m.
Date of death: July 14, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: August 02, 2021

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