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Irvington Township Fire Recruit Dies in Training

By rlsmetro on
Irvington Township

The Township of Irvington suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Fire Recruit Victor Melillo.  

Accoridng to Mayor Tony Vauss on Thursday, March 4, Recruit Melillo, 21, tragically suffered a medical emergency during a training exercise at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippaay, New Jersey.  

He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel and transported to Morristown Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition until his untimely passing on Monday, March 8,2021. 

Mayor Tony Vauss and the Irvington Fire Department on behalf of the entire Township of Irvington express sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the entire Melillo family.

"Our community mourns the tragic loss of Fire Recruit Melillo as he was Just beginning his journey as a professional firefighter. I have no doubt that he would have been a welcomed addition to our community and a shining stair in our fire department.  

My prayers are with his entire family and loved ones," said Mayor Vauss. 

Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers expressed his condolences and recognized the loss of Victor as "a great loss for the entire Department of Public Safety." Deputy Public Safety Director John Brown added,

"Victor Melillo, while only in the earliest stages of his career, will forever be a part of the Department of Public Safety family . Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mclillo family at this time of great loss.