USFA: New York On-Duty Death

Firefighter found unresponsive after a vehicle crash

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Michael Cardinale, Sr., 63, of the East Farmingdale Fire Company on December 18, 2019.

On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at approximately 1140hrs., Firefighter Michael Cardinale, Sr., responded to a vehicle crash. After returning to the station, he went upstairs to the sitting area. Approximately 25 minutes later, a fellow firefighter found him unresponsive and immediately performed life-saving efforts to revive him. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Cardinale, Sr. at

To date, 57 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2019. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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