December 10, 1988

Firefighter Robert Mazzo’s Last Alarm

In the early morning hours of December 10, 1988, Engine Company 3 was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 312 Second Street. Deputy Chief Edward McDonald ordered a line to the area of the main body of fire located on the first floor. Part of the first arriving company at the scene, Firefighter Robert Mazzo and Acting Captain John O’Brien advanced a hose line into the structure, accomplishing confinement and control of the fire. With a report that the structure was a possible haven for homeless persons seeking winter shelter, the action taken by Engine 3 to hold the fire from spreading throughout the wood framed building allowed other arriving fire companies to perform search and rescue operations on the floors above the fire.

Upon the low air alert sounding on their breathing apparatus, the company was relieved on the hose line and exited the building. Shortly thereafter, Firefighter Mazzo collapsed as he was approaching his fire apparatus. An on scene assessment by Firefighters Anthony Cruz and Thomas Molta indicated cardiac arrest. At this time, Firefighter Cruz began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation of firefighter Mazzo and an ambulance was summoned to the scene. Firefighter Mazzo was transported to nearby St. Mary’s Hospital. After laborious efforts by the emergency room staff, Firefighter Mazzo succumbed to his injuries and passed away at approximately 0100 hours.

The final words said to Firefighter Mazzo prior to his passing were “Good job, Bob”


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