Wayne County community mourning firefighter who died while responding to house fire

First responders were battling a blaze at this home off Fairville Maple Ridge Road, when firefighter Dan DeWolf went into cardiac arrest.

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ARCADIA, N.Y. — A Wayne County firefighter died from cardiac arrest while battling a house fire Sunday evening. 

Wayne County officials identified the man Monday afternoon as Dan DeWolf with the Fairville Fire Department. 

DeWolf — like everyone in the department — was a volunteer. He was among the many Fairville volunteers who responded to calls of a house fire on Fairville Maple Ridge Road.

When EMTs and other first responders got on scene, they were immediately sent to DeWolf, who was experiencing a medical emergency. Newark-Arcadia EMT representatives identified it as cardiac arrest. Despite CPR and other life-saving measures, DeWolf died at the hospital.

The Fairville Fire Department occupies a single building, with an entirely volunteer-run staff. They respond to the northern part of the Town of Arcadia, 24 hours a day.

“The news of the loss of one of our Fairville firefighters came with great sadness,” Arcadia Town Supervisor Dawn Pisciotti told News10NBC. “The family both immediate and extended are in our thoughts and prayers. I understand the sacrifices made by the men and women that volunteer to protect life and property as I myself served as a volunteer firefighter for almost 10 years. They are the silent heroes that answer the calls and are pulled away from their families at all hours of the day and night to protect total strangers.  Although they are considered volunteers, in my opinion they are dedicated professionals.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

Neighbors of DeWolf told News10NBC that he was the kind of man who would help anyone who needed it, and was always one of the first to respond to calls of a fire.