In a somber announcement, Anthony Verno, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, confirmed the line of duty death of Fairville Volunteer Firefighter Dan DeWolf. The tragedy occurred on the evening of January 21 during a response to a structure fire at Fairville Maple Ridge Road.
Firefighter DeWolf became unresponsive while attending to the emergency. Immediate life-saving efforts were undertaken at the scene, including CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocols. Despite the rapid intervention by Newark-Arcadia Volunteer Ambulance, Inc. and Wayne County Advanced Life Support, who transported DeWolf to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, he sadly passed away.
This incident highlights the risks faced by volunteer firefighters. The Wayne County community expresses its deep gratitude to the firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, and hospital staff for their efforts. The county extends heartfelt condolences to Firefighter DeWolf’s family during this difficult time, with funeral arrangements yet to be announced.
Wayne County first responder suffers cardiac arrest on-scene of house fire
A Fairville firefighter experienced a cardiac arrest on Sunday while responding to a structure fire in the town of Arcadia. The incident was confirmed by Newark-Arcadia EMS, which provided immediate medical assistance at the scene.
Officials confirmed they responded to the fire on Fairville Maple Ridge Road just before 7:00 p.m. Upon arrival, they were alerted to the firefighter’s medical emergency and quickly initiated CPR and other lifesaving measures.
The firefighter was subsequently rushed to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital for further treatment. As of now, no additional information regarding the firefighter’s condition or identity has been disclosed. The incident underscores the inherent risks faced by firefighters and first responders in their line of duty.
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