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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 28th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & ex-Fire Chief Joseph Bove, III has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Spotswood Fire Department.

Joseph Edward Bove, III

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 53
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 25

Date of Incident: 03/13/2014
Time of Incident: 1218hrs
Date of Death: 03/13/2014

Fire Department: Spotswood Fire Department
Address: 495 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ 08884
Fire Department Chief: Bill Andren

Incident Description: Firefighter and ex-fire chief Bove responded with his fire department to a report of a smell of gas at a home in a multi-unit residential housing complex. After shutting off the gas and clearing the incident, Bove went home and shortly thereafter collapsed from a cause of injury still to be reported. Firefighter Bove was treated and transported to the Old Bridge Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: 289 Main St., Spotswood, NJ

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter and ex-fire chief Joseph Edward Bove, III, at

To date, 28 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2014. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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