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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NJ

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter and Edward Eckert. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Stafford Township FD.

Edward Eckert

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 71
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30+
Date of Incident: 06/01/2010
Time of Incident:
Date of Death: 06/06/2010

Fire Department:
Stafford Township Fire Department
Address: PO Box 171, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Fire Department Chief: Dean Cleland

Incident Description: Stafford Township Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call. Upon his pager alerting FF Eckert walked across his living room to go to his vehicle to respond to the call. At this point, he fell to the floor. He was reported to be disoriented. EMS responded and he was transported to the local hospital. His condition deteriorated and he passed away on June 6, 2010 from what was discovered to have been a brain hemorrhage.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Edward Eckert at

To date, 57 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 55 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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