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    LODD New Jersey Firefighter Killed Battling Two Alarm Blaze

    Updated: 09-03-2004 09:15:02 AM

    New Jersey Firefighter Killed Battling Two Alarm Blaze



    Courtesy of ABC7

    A firefighter was killed battling a second-alarm fire in New Brunswick, N.J. Friday morning.

    Deputy Chief James D'Heron died fighting the flames inside the home at 50 Lee Avenue just after 3 a.m. D'Heron, a 20 year veteran, rushed into the burning building when the blaze broke out.

    While he was inside, a release of gas from a propane tank inside the house caused the fire to flash. DeHurn was severely burned and pronounced dead.

    No other firefighters were seriously injured and the residents of the home were safely evacuated.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=39&id=34755

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    Updated: 09-03-2004 02:47:47 PM

    New Jersey Firefighter Evacuates Residents, Dies In Explosion


    ANTHONY JOHNSON
    Courtesy of ABC7

    A firefighter was killed battling a second-alarm fire in New Brunswick, N.J. Friday morning.

    It is a day of mourning for New Brunswick's bravest following the death of a veteran firefighter.

    Deputy Chief Jim D'Heron was killed fighting flames in a multi-family home on Lee Avenue early this morning.

    Deputy Fire Chief Jim D'Heron arrived in a vehicle around 3:00 a.m. He jumped out the vehicle, ran into the house where the fire was taking place and told those people inside it was time to get out just before he lost his life.

    Chrystalina Hernandez, Fire Victim: "I feel sorry for the fireman who died. I tried to help him and he came in and helped us. He saved our lives."

    Chrystalina Hernandez moved into the multi-family home on Wednesday. And in the middle of the night, smoke filled her room and she heard a voice telling her to get out quickly. It was the voice of firemen Jim D'Heron who ran into the building to warn the residents. He also may have saved over a dozen people before he died.

    Deputy Chief Robert Rawls: "You never expect it to be one of us, but before we leave home in the morning we kiss the wife and the kids then do what we have to do."

    It appears that a propane tank stored in the house exploded and D'Heron was severely burned and died on the scene. All of the occupants were rescued. Many of the immigrants living at the house are now being assisted by the Red Cross.

    Over at the firehouse, the purple and black bunting have now gone up and the American flag is now at half-staff in remembrance of a 23-year veteran who died saving others.

    Lawrence Petrillo, NJ State Fire Marshal: "The guy was a hero. He was a firefighter that most firefighters would look up to. I am just glad I knew him."

    The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
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    City Of New Brunswick Fire Dept.
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    Funeral Scheduled For New Jersey Deputy Fire Chief

    Updated: 09-08-2004 09:14:18 AM

    Funeral Scheduled For New Jersey Deputy Fire Chief


    JEFF ROSSEN
    Courtesy of WABC - New York

    (New Brunswick -WABC, September 8, 2004) -- There will be an emotional farewell today in New Brunswick. Hundreds of firefighters are expected to attend funeral services for a New Jersey firefighter who lost his life Friday.

    Firefighters will gather from across the state to pay a final tribute to Deputy Fire Chief James D'Heron. He died Friday trying to get other people out of a burning house.

    In New Brunswick last night, hundreds of firefighters paid tribute to a friend, to a hero. The wake for Deputy Chief James D'Heron. Last Friday, he rushed into a burning home on Lee Avenue all alone. He did it to alert the family inside. He did it without any protective gear.

    When D'Heron first arrived at the scene, he noticed people weren't getting out of the three story building. It was three a-m.

    He made a quick decision. He ran inside, screaming and banging on doors. Hoping to wake everyone up, and get them out. It would be his life and death decision.

    Everyone else got out alive over 13 adults and two children. The hero firefighter, James D'Heron, did not.

    Robert Mulaughlin, Fire Director: "Words cannot express the emptiness we feel. Chief D'Heron, our hero will be missed."

    He was the first New Brunswick firefighter to die on duty in at least 50 years.

    James Cahill, New Brunswick Mayor: "Jim and I have been friends since high school. He was a New Brunswick president and a firefighter's firefighter and skilled professional who was fearless and brave. A hero."

    D'Heron had received three citations for heroism during his 24-year firefighting career. D'Heron's funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church. It will be followed by a procession to St. Peter's cemetery on Route 27.
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