A Monmouth County, NJ firefighter died and another was injured battling a multi-alarm commercial structure fire in Union Beach Sunday early evening.
Belford, NJ Fire’s Facebook page reported that Firefighter and Life Member Robert “Hawk” Meyer, 54, from the Union Beach Fire Department Station 3 “made the ultimate sacrifice today.”
NBC New York reported that the firefighter had been involfed in interior operations and collapsed at some point on the street outside the structure.
In May 2005, Meyer was the recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Medal for extraordinary acts of heroism. On July 8, 2004, Meyer was off-duty working as a delivery driver, when he stopped at the scene of a tractor-trailer involved in a highway accident that had caught fire. Meyer, and state trooper Alexander Tezsla, rescued Robert Erickson, Jr. from the burning truck in East Brunswick, New Jersey. As smoke filled the cab and flames entered, the two men pried the door open enough for Meyer to use his fire extinguisher to calm the flame in the cab. They then pulled Erickson from the vehicle to safety. Moments later, flames grew and quickly enveloped the rig, which was destroyed. Erickson survived, and the two rescuers were treated at an area hospital for smoke inhalation.
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