TRIBUTE: Flags at the New Jersey Statehouse building in Trenton will be flown at half-staff for a week, beginning tomorrow, in honor of Cosmo Paris, a popular Cliffside Park firefighter who died from a heart attack last week after an extended fire watch in the frigid cold.
“Firefighter Paris responded to an activated alarm which created a hazard in the building necessitating fire officials to order a stand-by at the location for a fire watch. The fire watch duty extended 16 hours in sub-freezing temperatures,” the U.S. Fire Administration said.
A short time later, the 18-year department veteran was stricken while driving home from the call at 696 Anderson Avenue.
A local police officer discovered him and called for an ambulance.
Paris’s was the first firefighter line of duty death in the U.S. this year, the USFA ruled.
Paris, 59, was known for his dedication to firefighting, as well as for creating miniature fire trucks — roughly the size of golf carts — from discarded vegetable crates and other recyclables.
Two years ago, the plumbing and hearing specialist made a miniature pumper now on display at the New Jersey Firemen’s Home Museum in Boonton.
Last year, he built a miniature Tiller tractor-trailer that was displayed outside the borough firehouse.
Paris is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son-in-law. Besides being an active member of the Independent Hook & Ladder Company #1 of the Cliffside Park Fire Department, he was an Exempt Fireman and member of the Cliffside Park Exempt Firemen’s Association & The New Jersey State Exempt Firemen’s Association, and a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and a Trustee of the Cliffside Park Firemen’s Relief Association.
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