LODD: N.J. fire chief dies of heart attack after fire

West Milford Fire Chief Edward Steines collapsed at home the morning after responding to a train fire

Duty Death: Edward Steines - [West Milford, New Jersey]

End of Service: 08/16/2023

By Bill Carey 

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced the on-duty death of Chief Edward Steines of the West Milford Fire Department on Aug. 16. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, at 2:32 p.m., Chief Edward “Eddie” J. Steines responded to a train fire in Hardyston Township. All units cleared the scene at 4:58 p.m. and Chief Edward Steines returned home.

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Chief Edward Steines collapsed at his home from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Chilton Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:30 a.m.

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