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James Heenan

James Heenan was a volunteer firefighter, who died as a result of injuries he sustained in the line of duty.

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James Heenan, a West Deptford Volunteer Firefighter, was severely burned in a house fire on New Year's Day, 2001.   Believing someone might have been trapped in a burning house, Verga firefighter Jimmy Heenan, went into the house in the early morning hours of January 1 only to have the floor collapse under him, sending him into the basement, with burning debris falling on him.  He was trapped for almost 30 minutes before he was rescued. Heenan sustained 75% burns.

Investigations following his death revealed that he probably should not have been sent in to the building at that time, and measures intended to protect him almost certainly contributed to his injuries.

James Heenan, whose battle with severe burn injuries united a community, died at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., where he had spent almost three months in a coma.

James Heenan's name was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Monument at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland in October 2002.

James, 37-years of age and a volunteer fireman for 18 years, and a life-long West Deptford resident is survived by his wife, Patricia, two sons James and Michael, a sister Lisa, a brother Thomas and his parents James and Patricia.

Information from West Deptford Home Page.


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