The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Douglas C. Ambrozewycz, 60, of the Perth Amboy Fire Department on June 10, 2018.
On December 11, 1983 Firefighter Douglas C. Ambrozewycz responded to a building fire at 102 Smith Street (Frank’s Bakery) with Protection Hook & Ladder Company # 1. While engaged in fire suppression, a section of the first floor collapsed, sending him through the floor into the fire below. He was injured with 2nd & 3rd degree burns and received extensive medical care including numerous blood transfusions. Due to the required blood transfusions for the injuries sustained, he contracted Hepatits C which appeared many years later. This disease caused many debilitating health conditions including liver failure which ultimately caused his death on June 10, 2018.
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Ambrozewycz at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 44 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2018. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.