LODD: NJ firefighter dies of hepatitis C
Douglas Ambrozewycz died from liver failure, a result of him contracting hepatitis C from blood transfusions he received for burns he suffered in a blaze
Duty Death: Douglas Ambrozewycz - [Perth Amboy, New Jersey]
By FireRescue1 Staff
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. — A firefighter died Sunday of liver failure after contracting hepatitis C from blood transfusions he received for burns he suffered in a blaze many years ago.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Perth Amboy Fire Department firefighter Douglas Ambrozewycz was working with Protection Hook & Ladder Company #1 to battle a blaze at a bakery in 1983 when he fell through the floor into the fire below.
Ambrozewycz suffered second- and third-degree burns, and received numerous blood transfusions. As a result, he contracted hepatitis C, but it was not diagnosed until many years later.
The disease caused several health conditions such as liver failure, which caused his death.
According to a department Facebook post, a memorial service will be held at the end of July.