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    Fireman Dies In N.j. Blaze

    December 7, 2003 -- A volunteer firefighter died yesterday evening while battling a blaze in an abandoned commercial building in Long Branch, N.J., the Monmouth County prosecutor's office said.
    Ronald W. Fitzpatrick, 68, suffered an apparent heart attack while fighting the fire and died at around 5:45 p.m., officials said.

    The fire started about 90 minutes earlier in the building on Abbotsford Avenue.

    Fitzpatrick was a retired Newark firefighter and a member of the West Long Branch Fire Co.

    Three people were being questioned in connection with the fire.


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    Funeral Services Ronald Fitzpatrick LODD

    Updated: 12-08-2003 11:56:56 AM

    New Jersey Firefighter Dies Battling Blaze

    Ronald Fitzpatrick, 68, a retired Newark firefighter and a volunteer with the of the Phil Day Hose Company of the Long Branch Fire Department, died in the line of duty Saturday evening, according to Associated Press reports and 1st Asst. Chief Buzz Baldanza, LBFD.

    Ron was the department Training Officer, as well as an instructor with the Monmouth County Fire Academy, were he trained 100's of firefighters, according to Baldanza.

    The Associated Press reported, that a blaze had started at an abandoned commercial building in Long Branch at about 4:15 p.m. Before the fire was brought under control, Fitzpatrick died while battling the blaze. The cause of death was believed to be a heart attack.

    Long Branch police and Monmouth County prosecuters were questioning three people in connection with the blaze, according to the Associated Press. A criminal investigation is ongoing and arrests have been made, according to Baldanza.

    Visitation services are being held Wednesday from 1-9 p.m. at Damiano's Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave., Long Branch, N.J.,07740-6616.

    A funeral is being held on Thurs. at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 800 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, N.J., 07740.


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