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Engineer George Blackledge 1/15/1950
Updated On: Aug 04, 2016

On December 1, 1949 Engineer Blackledge responded with Engine Co. 8 to a house fire at 1208 Monsey Ave.  A short circuit in a home refrigerator was the cause of the fire, firefighters removed the unit from the home when Engineer Blackledge was exposed to gas fumes being released from the refrigerator.  A woman in the home was taken from the scene and treated for exposure to the chemical.  As result of the chemical release Engineer Blackledge developed an illness which required hospitalization.  After  a short stay at Mercy Hospital he succumbed to his injury. 

During the next year there was some debate whether this was classified as a line of duty death, however in December of 1950 the State Compensation Board ruled that his death was a direct result of his exposure at the fire on Monsey Ave. 


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