Volunteer NJ FF dies after department training drill

Duty Death: John Leming - [Cape May, New Jersey]

By News Staff

CAPE MAY, NJ — State fire officials are honoring a volunteer firefighter who died shortly after a fire department drill, calling him a true "hometown hero."

NJ.com reported that John Leming, 78, had gone home following a training drill at the Cape May Point firehouse on April 15. He began having symptoms of a heart attack, according to the state Division of Fire Safety.

Leming was being transported to a local hospital when he went into cardiac arrest and died at the hospital. 

NJ.com reported that Leming had been an active volunteer with the Cape May Point Fire Company for six years. 

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Jack," State Fire Marshal Richard Mikutsky said. "We honor him for his dedication to the Cape May Point Fire Company and send our deepest condolences to his wife and family. He was a true Hometown Hero and New Jersey is thankful for his service.”

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