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    Heart Attack Claims New Jersey Firefighter In February

    Heart Attack Claims New Jersey Firefighter In February

    Courtesy of Assistant Fire Chief JAMES PETRECCA
    Firehouse.com News

    Glenn Galderisi, 53, a volunteer firefighter with The Wayne Fire Company # 3, Pompton Falls Volunteer Fire Department, suffered a heart attack while on duty at the firehouse February 4.

    According to Assistant Fire Chief James Petrecca, Galderisi returned to the firehouse after responding to a false alarm. At approximately 3:30 p.m., he suffered a heart attack after re-packing a fire hose that shifted on the apparatus. Fellow firefighters Gavin Phillips and Bill Klein were at the firehouse when Galderisi became unconscious. They immediately administered oxygen and performed CPR until police and first aid units arrived. Galderisi was transported to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey where he was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Glenn Galderisi, 53, a volunteer firefighter with The Wayne Fire Company # 3, Pompton Falls Volunteer Fire Department, suffered a heart attack while on duty at the firehouse February 4.

    Galderisi was a long time resident of the community. He worked full time as a special police officer with the Wayne Police Department. He had been a volunteer firefighter with Wayne Fire Company #3 for thirty-two years. During his long tenure, he served as a fire chief, a fire commissioner, and was a lifetime member of the department.

    Galderisi was remembered fondly by his co-workers. Firefighter Tony Czapka described Galderisi as

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    Galderisi, Glenn

    Age: 53
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 02/04/2004
    Duty Type: Maintenance
    Incident Time: 15:00
    Activity Type: Station Activity
    Death Date: 02/04/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Pompton Falls Volunteer Fire Department No. 3
    130 Jackson Avenue
    Wayne , New Jersey 07470
    Chief: Frank Oldewurtel

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Galderisi died from an apparent heart attack in Fire Company 3's firehouse after re-packing fire hose that shifted during his earlier response to false alarm.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pompton Falls Volunteer Fire Department No. 3, 130 Jackson Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07016



    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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    Glenn Galderisi

    I grew up with Glenn's younger brother Victor and remember Glenn from the time I was about 10. He was a great person, honest, trustworthy and extremely responsible. He treated Vic like a son. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. I miss his rendition of "Into the Air Junior Birdmen" that he always performed while holding spoons over his eyes. Guys like Glenn only come along once in a while. He will be sorely missed.

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