Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff In Recognition Of Hopelawn Firefighter

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TRENTON–Gov. Chris Christie issued a proclamation directing that flags at the State House building be flown at half-staff this week in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Firefighter Bruce Alan Turcotte, who was born in Newark, lived in Hopelawn and then resided in Fords.

“Whereas, Bruce Turcotte, a loving and devoted husband, tragically lost his life during an emergency response by the Hopelawn Fire Company #1 at the age of fifty-eight,” the proclamation reads, “The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at the State House during appropriate hours during the week of Monday, June 4, 2012 in recognition of the life and in mourning of the passing of Firefighter Bruce Alan Turcotte.”

Turcotte, 58, died on Jan. 19 after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was a member, past president and ex-chief of Hopelawn Engine Company #1, where he served as company chaplain and historian. He was also a member and secretary of the United Firemen’s Relief Association of Keasbey, Fords and Hopelawn, and a member and treasurer of the United Exempt Firemen’s Association of Keasbey, Fords and Hopelawn. Turcotte served on the Executive Board of the Woodbridge Township Fire Officers Association.

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