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Matthias Wirtz


On Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, Firefighter Matthias Wirtz responded to a reported structure fire at a home on Quinnipiac Avenue. While working on the exterior of the home operating the engine pump, Firefighter Wirtz became ill and was immediately transported to the Yale-New Haven Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.

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

Department information

North Haven Fire Department
11 Broadway
North Haven, Connecticut 06473

Chief: Paul Januszewski

Age: 46
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 26, 2022 4:30 a.m.
Date of death: December 26, 2022
Cause of fatal injury: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of fatal injury: Heart Attack
Activity type: Pump Operations
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: January 19, 2023