17 August 2021

Public Safety Line of Duty Death

A New England public servant servant recently died in the line of duty, a reminder of the hazards and stresses faced by the members of the region’s public safety services. Firefighter/EMT Colin McFadden, 26, a six year veteran of the Burlington, CT, Volunteer Fire Department, died suffered a medical emergency while operating at the scene of a three alarm residential structure fire in New Hartford, CT. He was transported to a medical facility, where he underwent emergency surgery. During treatment, it was discovered that he had leukemia, a previously undiagnosed condition, which caused his sudden illness.

Media reports:

Hartford Courant: Burlington volunteer firefighter dies after becoming ill fighting three-alarm blaze that destroyed New Hartford House (12 Aug 21)

WVIT-TV: Firefighter Dies Two Days After Suffering Medical Emergency at New Hartford Fire Scene (12 AUG 21)

Background information:

Burlington Volunteer Fire Department

Town of Burlington

Wikipedia: Burlington, Connecticut

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