While responding to a vehicle fire, he was found unresponsive by other first responders
United States Fire Administration
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Assistant Chief William “Billy” Shaffer, 53, of Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company #2 on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Shaffer responded to a vehicle fire. While at the scene, he was found unresponsive by other first responders. He was immediately treated and was rushed to the RWJ Somerset Hospital where he passed away.
Tribute is being paid to Shaffer at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 58 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.