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Fallen Firefighter: Thomas Shields

Fallen Firefighter: Thomas Shields

U.S. Fire Administration

June 02, 2011

Age: 42

Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion

Rank: Second Assistant Fire Chief

Nature of Death: Heart Attack

Classification: Volunteer

Emergency Duty: No

Incident Date: 05/31/2011

Duty Type: After

Incident Time: 12:52

Activity Type: Other

Death Date: 05/31/2011

Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

Fire Dept. Info: Flanders Fire Department Company #1 and Rescue
27 Main ST
Flanders , New Jersey 07836
Chief: Greg Widzemok

Initial Summary: Second Assistant Chief Shields responded to an emergency call of a child who became overheated at the Mountainview Elementary School. Assistant Chief Shields returned to the firehouse and then headed home, feeling ill, with chest pains. Emergency medical personnel responded but tragically Chief Shields died at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville, NJ.

Memorial Fund Info: Pending.