David C. Fitzgerald, Firefighter

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Firefighter Fitzgerald and his ladder company responded to assist with treatment and cleanup at a collision involving a tractor trailer and a recycling truck. Firefighter Fitzgerald assisted with patient treatment and packaging and then assisted other firefighters as 55 bags of absorbent were distributed over a fuel spill. The incident lasted for over 2 hours. At the scene of the collision, Firefighter Fitzgerald complained of shoulder pain, but dismissed it as a strain. He collapsed at the fire station after another emergency incident, due to a heart attack. Other firefighters attempted to revive him. Firefighter Fitzgerald was rushed to the hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Department information

Somerville Fire Department
Central Station
266 Broadway
Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

Chief: Kevin Kelleher

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David C. Fitzgerald 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.
Age: 63
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 13, 2000 16:36
Date of death: October 13, 2000
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Support
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road