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    Athletic New Jersey Firefighter Died

    Athletic New Jersey Firefighter Died

    Updated: 03-30-2004 02:02:30 PM

    IRINA SLUTSKY
    Courtesy of NJ.com

    Surrounded by children, friends and fellow firefighters, Joseph Pepe played basketball at a fund-raiser for his old grammar school in Springfield Friday as he had for many years at the annual event.

    Mr. Pepe, a Springfield firefighter, was in his element that day at James Caldwell School when a heart attack sent him to Overlook Hospital in Summit.

    Though emergency medical personnel fought to revive him, the 47-year-old Warren Township resident died, leaving behind a legacy of community service and family dedication.

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    Pepe, III, Joseph S.

    Age: 48
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 03/26/2004
    Duty Type: After
    Incident Time: 21:14
    Activity Type: Fitness Activity
    Death Date: 03/26/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Public Assembly

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Springfield Fire Department
    200 Mountain Avenue
    Springfield , New Jersey 07081
    Chief: Donald Schwerdt

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Pepe responded to an odor of natural gas incident. When the incident was concluded, Firefighter Pepe participated in a charity basketball game involving law enforcement, EMS, and fire personnel.During the game, Firefighter Pepe suffered a seizure-like episode in the presence of EMS workers. Treatment was initiated immediately, and an AED was applied. Firefighter Pepe received 2 shocks from the AED, and CPR was provided. He was transported to the hospital where he died as the result of a heart attack.

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

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