A 37-year-old veteran firefighter has died answering a call in Hillsborough.
The community mourns the loss of Hillsborough Fire Company # 2 Deputy Chief William Shaffer. The Hillsborough Township Fire District issued a statement saying Shaffer was among those responding to a “serious car fire”, and shortly after starting to put it out, Shaffer suffered a ” medical emergency “. He was rushed to hospital, but could not be resuscitated.
“Hillsborough experienced great sadness today with the untimely passing of one of our dedicated volunteer firefighters
. Whether you knew him from (Fire Company) 37 or saw him work at ShopRite, Billy always had a smile and a nice word. Our deepest condolences go to his wife Marion and all his family. He will be sorely missed. Rest easy, Billy. ”- Hillsborough Mayor Shawn Lipani.
Shaffer was well known in the community and had been an active member of Fire Company # 2, and answered 50 calls in June alone. He is survived by his wife Marion and his three children. Hillsborough Mayor Shawn Lipani expressed his sympathies on Facebook, writing: “Billy always had a smile and a good word. He will be sorely missed.
Expressions of sympathy poured in from fire companies across the state.
Funeral services have yet to be announced.
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