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John T. Ruddy

Battalion Chief

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, Battalion Chief John T. Ruddy responded to numerous fire calls, including two cooking fires and a gas leak.  After shift change, he returned home.  Approximately 4 hours later, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he passed away a short time later.

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

Department information

Jersey City Fire Department
465 Marin BLVD
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Chief: Steven J. McGill

Age: 49
Rank: Battalion Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 8, 2021 7:30 a.m.
Date of death: December 8, 2021
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: February 03, 2022