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    New Jersey Firefighter Dies After Suffering Stroke at Firefighter Funeral

    New Jersey Firefighter Dies After Suffering Stroke at Firefighter Funeral

    Updated: 05-11-2005 12:49:22 PM

    Firehouse.Com News

    The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the on duty death of Metuchen, New Jersey Safety Officer James Michael Ratcliffe.

    Ratcliffe, 62, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke -- a cerebral bleed -- April 11, 2005 while operating an engine at the funeral procession for a former fire department chief.

    Medical aid was rendered immediately at the scene and Ratcliffe was transported to the hospital, where he passed away May 3.

    Department officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

    According to the Home News Tribune of Middlesex County, Ratcliffe joined the Metuchen Fire Department in 1965, taking on the ranks of lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and department chief, serving in that role from 1991 through 1993. He served as the department safety officer until the time of his death.

    His son Michael Ratcliffe, a volunteer firefighter in Hamilton, was also driving in the funeral procession and heard the call go out for an ambulance for his father.

    He told the Tribune that retired Chief Harold "Skip" Breen, whose funeral they were attending, had been his father's best friend.

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    Metuchen fireman dies in line of duty
    Home News Tribune Online 05/6/05

    By KEN SERRANO
    STAFF WRITER

    METUCHEN

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    Ratcliffe, James Michael

    Age: 62
    Cause of Death: Other
    Rank: Safety Officer
    Nature of Death: Cerebrovascular Accident
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 04/11/2005
    Duty Type: Other On-Duty
    Incident Time: 11:50
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 05/03/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Metuchen Fire Department
    500 Main Street
    Metuchen , New Jersey 08840
    Chief: Robert B. Donnan

    Initial Summary:
    Safety Officer Ratcliffe suffered a hemorrhagic stroke (cerebral bleed) while operating Metuchen Engine 4 in a funeral procession paying last respects to a Retired Former Chief and one of Ratcliffe

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