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Firefighter killed battling Woodbridge blaze

January 19, 2012 8:27:37 PM PST
A firefighter was killed after suffering a heart attack in a fire in Woodbridge, New Jersey. One other man was also killed.

Police are keeping an eye on the house where a man died in a blaze and a firefighter lost his life trying to save him.

Volunteer firefighter Bruce Turcotte was helping to fight the blaze when he was hit with a heart attack.

Paramedics found the 58-year-old slumped over the wheel of the fire truck at 33 Jefferson Street in Jefferson Township Thursday afternoon.

He died at JFK Medical Center in Edison.

"It's a terrible day for Woodbridge. We lost a resident and we lost a dedicated, career volunteer firefighter who just bleeds fire. An amazing man, it's a terrible, terrible tragedy for Woodbridge," Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac said.

The name of the man who was found of the basement of the wood-frame home has not been released.

Turcotte joined the Hopelawn Fire Department in February 1973.

He leaves behind a wife and 3 adult children (2 sons and a daughter).

One of his sons is the current Assistant Fire Chief in Hopelawn and he was at the scene of the fire when his father went into cardiac arrest.

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