Updated: 02-11-2005 02:50:43 PM

New Jersey Firefighter Dies of Heart Attack On Job

Firehouse.Com News

Firefighter William Pierce, 51, of the Ogdensburg, New Jersey Fire Department died Thursday afternoon after complaining of feeling ill while working the scene of a fully involved mobile home fire in Ogdensburg, according to Fire Chief Mark Batty.

"He was operating a hand line with another firefighter and reported feeling ill, so we called in for a first aid squad," Batty said. "We suspect he had a coronary condition, but there was no prior history of heart problems with him whatsoever."

Pierce was taken to a local hospital and later died.

"He was a real down to earth guy, he loved the fire service and was a big hydraulics enthusiast," Batty said. "He loved his family, never drank, never smoked, he was the type of person I think everyone should try and be."

A native of Ogdensburg, Pierce was a firefighter with the department for 26 years. He was also a firefighter with the Hardston, New Jersey department. He served as Fire Chief for both departments, and had just recently stepped down from the leadership position with the Ogdensburg department.

He is survived by a wife, two sons, and a mother.

Funeral arrangements are pending.