Michael Gorumba, Firefighter

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Firefighter Gorumba's engine company and a number of other fire companies were fighting a large fire in an auto shop. Firefighter Gorumba had assisted with handline deployment and had assisted with stretching a line to supply a tower ladder. After a structural collapse, Firefighter Gorumba could not be accounted for. A Mayday was transmitted, and he was found in the cab of his engine company, still dressed in his gear. CPR was begun immediately and Firefighter Gorumba was treated by paramedics on- scene and enroute to the hospital. Despite all efforts, Firefighter Gorumba was pronounced dead at the hospital. Firefighter Gorumba had graduated from the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) training academy in late July of 2001. Firefighter Gorumba had undergone extra heart tests before becoming a firefighter. He had a heart murmur as a child and the tests revealed a condition known as "mitral valve prolapse." The condition, however, was not seen as serious enough to prevent Firefighter Gorumba from working as a firefighter.

Department information

Fire Department City of New York
9 Metro Tech Center
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Chief: Commissioner Thomas Von Essen

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Michael Gorumba 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: 27
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 28, 2001 14:00
Date of death: August 28, 2001
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Industry