NY firefighter found dead after mayday call at assisted living facility blaze
The body of Spring Valley Firefighter Jared Lloyd was recovered from the partially collapsed facility overnight
Duty Death: Jared Lloyd - [Spring Valley, New York]
End of Service: 03/23/2021
A fundraiser has been set up for the two young sons of fallen Spring Valley Firefighter Jared Lloyd. Read more here.
By Laura French
SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — The body of a New York firefighter who became trapped while battling a blaze at an assisted living facility Tuesday has been recovered.
The remains of Spring Valley Firefighter Jared Lloyd, 35, were recovered overnight, about 24 hours after the blaze first ignited at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults, according to CBS New York.
Lloyd had issued a mayday call from the third floor of the burning facility but firefighters who went in to search for him were forced to retreat due to the extent of the fire, Rockland County Fire Coordinator Chris Kear said during a news conference Tuesday morning. Kear said Lloyd was one of the first firefighters to arrive at the scene.
Authorities initially reported that Lloyd was searching for a resident of the facility who was unaccounted for. The resident was later found unharmed, officials said.
Searchers worked through the day and night to locate Lloyd amidst the debris of the partially-collapsed facility. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann reported that Lloyd's remains were recovered early Wednesday morning.
Rabbi Yisroel Kahan, a member of the Rockland County Human Rights Commission and assistant to the mayor and police commissioner of Spring Valley, identified the firefighter as Jared Lloyd and shared a video of the procession escorting Lloyd's body from the scene early Wednesday morning. Lloyd was a 15-year veteran of the department.
One resident of the facility was also killed in the blaze Tuesday; their name has not yet been released by authorities. Two other firefighters were injured; one was released from the hospital Tuesday and another was expected to remain hospitalized overnight for smoke inhalation.
About 20 residents were hospitalized after the blaze, some with serious injuries, officials said. In total, more than 100 residents were displaced.
More details were scheduled to be released during a news conference later Wednesday, according to Hoehmann.
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