An off-duty fire department chaplain who rushed to the scene of a Huntington Station bagel shop fire near his house early Wednesday collapsed and later died, fire officials said.
The victim, Richard Holst, 60, of Huntington Station, had been a member of the Huntington Manor Fire Department in Huntington Station for 31 years, serving as chaplain for many of those years, fire officials said in a news release Wednesday.
Holst lived near the Depot Road bagel shop, saw smoke and reported the fire, said Suffolk Police Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the homicide squad.
Full story: Holst collapsed after emergency responders came to the scene
Name: Richard Holst
Years of Service: 31
Date of Incident: 09/09/2009
Time of Incident: 0302hrs
Date of Death: 09/09/2009
Fire Department: Huntington Manor Fire Department
Address: 1 Leverich Place, Huntington, NY 11743
Telephone: (631) 427-3030
Fire Department Chief: Robert J. Herley III
Fire Department Website: http://www.hmfd.org/
Incident Description: After smelling smoke and reporting a fire at an eating establishment located near his home, Firefighter Holst walked around the burning structure to investigate. While performing his Fire Police duties, Firefighter Holst collapsed and was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.
Incident Location: 334 Depot Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
Funeral Arrangements: Viewing, Saturday, 09/12/09 and Sunday, 09/13/09, Huntington Manor Fire Department Headquarters; Internment, Monday, 09/14/09
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
To date, 70 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 68 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and two from a previous year incident