Funeral set for firefighter who collapsed day after blaze

Funeral set for firefighter who collapsed day after blaze

ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Funeral arrangements are set for a New York firefighter who collapsed in his firehouse a day after battling a blaze in Queens. Jesse Gerhard was from Islip and was working out of a firehouse in Far Rockaway when he died Wednesday. A day earlier, he had helped fight a blaze in Queens. The 33-year-old’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday in Bay Shore. Authorities are continuing to investigate what caused Gerhard’s death. The New York City medical examiner’s office tells Newsday an initial examination has been conducted, but didn’t say whether there were any preliminary findings. It’s expected to be a few weeks before the full autopsy is completed. 

Photo:In this April 23, 2020, photo FDNY paramedic Alex Tull, who has recently recovered from COVID-19, prepares to begin his shift outside EMS station 26, the “Tinhouse”, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)