N.J. city mourning sudden loss of FF who collapsed after training

Vincent Doffont was back at headquarters when co-workers “heard rustling around and knew something was not right,” said Deputy Chief Henry Richard

Duty Death: Vincent Doffont - [Harrison, New Jersey]

End of Service: 03/19/2022

Allison Pries

HARRISON, N.J. — The City of Harrison is mourning the loss of one of its bravest.

Vincent Doffont, 37, died suddenly Saturday after suffering an apparent medical episode following a training exercise, fire officials said.

The Harrison Fire Department changed its Facebook cover image to a photo of Vincent Doffont on Sunday.
The Harrison Fire Department changed its Facebook cover image to a photo of Vincent Doffont on Sunday. (Photo/Harrison Fire Department)

The Harrison Fire Department announced his death Sunday in a social media post. He’d served since 2017.

Prior to that, Doffont served as a patrolman on the Harrison Police Department, as a Hudson County sheriff’s officer and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a rifleman.

“Firefighter Vincent Doffont was definitely one of a kind, and we will miss him,” said Harrison Fire Department Deputy Chief Henry Richard. “He had a carefree, give you the shirt off his back way about him that everyone around him gravitated to.”

Doffont had returned to Harrison’s fire headquarters on Sussex Street Saturday afternoon from a training exercise at another building in the city in which in he assisted newer members with structural roof venting, Richard said.

While in the shower, at about 2:30 p.m., members on duty “heard rustling around and knew something was not right,” Richard said. “They found him unconscious. He had suffered some type of medical episode.”

Doffont was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead, Richard said.

“He was a go-getter firefighter,” Richard said. “He loved the job. It was a lifelong dream of his to become a firefighter.”

Three of his uncles were also Harrison firefighters, Richard said.

Doffont, who was married, has a son and a daughter.

“He was involved in their sports. He was a good dad and a coach. He always talked about their activities” Richard said, adding that Doffont worked out and ran. “He was in good shape.”

Doffont played football, wrestling and track at St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford and was inducted to their Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He went on to Montclair State University where he was a kicker on their football team.

Arrangements will be announced on the Harrison Fire Department’s Facebook page once they have be made.


Allison Pries may be reached at apries@njadvancemedia.com.

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