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Thomas Edwin Royds


On Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 3:04 a.m., the Belmont Hills Fire Company and Gladwyne Fire Company were dispatched to a vehicle accident with injuries on Interstate 76. At approximately 3:23 a.m., while preparing to leave the scene of the initial incident, another vehicle struck Firefighter Thomas Royds, 2 other firefighters from Belmont Hills Fire Company, and a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

Multiple EMS units were immediately requested to assist the injured first responders. Firefighter Royds went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was transported by ground ambulance to Paoli Hospital where he passed away. The 2 other firefighters were flown to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The Pennsylvania State Trooper was also transported by ground to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center to receive treatment.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the first responders was taken into custody at the scene after reportedly drinking and driving. The investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Incident Location: Interstate 76 (Schuykill Expressway) westbound, Mile Marker 335 (outside of Philadelphia, PA)

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

Department information

Lower Merion Fire Department/Belmont Hills Fire Company
4 S. Washington Street
Belmont Hills, Pennsylvania 19004

Chief: P.J. Fusaro

Age: 48
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: July 24, 2021 3:04 a.m.
Date of death: July 24, 2021
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Scene Safety
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: February 03, 2022