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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 70th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Fire Police Officer & Chief of the Middlesex County Fire Police Gerald "Bear" Celecki 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 South Amboy Fire Department.

Gerald "Bear" Celecki

Rank: Fire Police Officer
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 50+

Date of Incident: 10/14/2015
Time of Incident: 0816hrs
Date of Death: 10/14/2015

Fire Department: South Amboy Fire Department
Address: 140 N Broadway, South Amboy, NJ 08879
Fire Department Chief: Michael Geraltowski

Incident Description: Fire Police Officer Celecki collapsed while directing traffic at an emergency incident. Celecki, who was also chief of the Middlesex County Fire Police, was treated on-scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital but succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Incident Location: 424 Parker Ave., South Amboy, NJ 08879

Tribute is being paid to Fire Police Officer and Chief of the Middlesex County Fire Police Gerald "Bear" Celecki at

To date, 70 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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