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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: NY

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 56th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Richard Schaefer has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Constable Volunteer Firemen Inc.

Richard J. Schaefer

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 33

Date of Incident: 09/02/2012
Time of Incident: 1530hrs
Date of Death: 09/02/2012

Fire Department: Hopkinton Fire Department
Address: 9 Pine ST, Contoocook, NH 03229
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Schaefer died from an apparent heart attack while working a shift during the Hopkinton State Fair. The Hopkinton ambulance squad transported Schaefer to Concord Hospital but all attempts to revive the Chief were unsuccessful.

Incident Location: 9 Pine ST, Contoocook, NH 03229

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Richard J. Schaefer at

To date, 56 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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