LODD: NJ firefighter dies after heart attack en route to call

Frank Matagrano was responding to a water leak call when he collapsed in the fire truck

Duty Death: Frank Matagrano - [New Milford, New Jersey]

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW MILFORD, N.J. — A firefighter died Saturday after suffering a heart attack while on the way to a call.

NJ.com reported that New Milford NJ Volunteer Fire Department firefighter and engineer Frank Matagrano, 75, was responding to a water leak call when he collapsed.

Matagrano’s colleagues used a defibrillator and performed CPR before he was transported to a hospital.

Fire Chief Ross Rhein thanked Fire Company 1, New Milford Ambulance Corp. and Dumont Fire Chief Daniel Molinaro "for their valiant efforts on that night” in a Facebook post.

"Their efforts gave Frank's family an opportunity to say their goodbyes," Chief Rhein said.

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