Jesse Gerhard’s funeral to be held Wednesday at Bay Shore – NBC New York

A funeral is scheduled for a New York firefighter who collapsed at his fire station a day after battling a blaze in Queens.

Firefighter Jesse B. Gerhard, 33, died Wednesday after responding to a two-alarm fire in Queens on Tuesday, FDNY Acting Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said. Gerhard was from Islip and worked at a fire station in Far Rockaway.

He suddenly collapsed Wednesday night at his fire station, Kavanagh said at a Thursday morning news conference, and died at a local hospital. Despite earlier reports that he had suffered a heart attack, Kavanagh said the cause of death was still unclear.

The 33-year-old’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Bay Shore.

The New York Medical Examiner’s Office said Newsday an initial review of Gerhard was made but did not say if there were any preliminary findings. It is expected to take a few weeks before the full autopsy is completed.

Gerhard, a former EMT, was first named a trainee firefighter in December 2017.

He became the 1,156th FDNY member to die in the line of duty.

According to the New York Fire Department, Tuesday’s blaze at the three-story home was brought under control in about two hours, and four people were slightly injured. Gerhard was tasked with forcing the doors open to gain access to the structure and all interior search areas.

The FDNY medical office, in conjunction with a council of city physicians, will review the circumstances leading to Gerhard’s death and the nature of the fire he was fighting, to determine if the death will be considered to have occurred in the fiscal year. from office, Barry Salzman, an attorney whose firm represents the families of deceased police officers and firefighters, told Newsday.

A formal determination that the death was in the line of duty unlocks greater monetary and health benefits for a firefighter’s family. A team of specialists and attorneys is also reviewing the death of a firefighter to determine if the family is eligible to receive a one-time federal death benefit, the newspaper reported.

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