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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 71st Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Joseph Bichler 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 Evesham Fire-Rescue (Evesham Fire District #1).

Joseph Bichler

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 66
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 33

Date of Incident: 10/30/2016
Time of Incident: 2340hrs
Date of Death: 10/31/2016

Fire Department: Evesham Fire-Rescue (Evesham Fire District #1)
Address: 984 Tuckerton RD, POB 276, Marlton, NJ 08053
Fire Department Chief: Bryan Ward

Incident Description: Firefighter Bichler responded to two fire calls on October 30, 2016. These calls were at 1302hrs and 2340hrs, respectively. For both calls, he responded to the station and stood-by until fire apparatus returned and then assisted the apparatus with getting back into service. While at home the following morning, Bichler collapsed in the driveway of his residence. Emergency 911 was called and his home department, Evesham Fire Department, responded along with paramedics for the medical call. Firefighter Bichler was found to be in cardiac arrest. His fellow fire department members performed CPR and transported him to a local hospital where he succumbed.

Incident Location: 984 Tuckerton RD, POB 276, Marlton, NJ 08053

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Joseph Bichler at

To date, 71 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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