Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department mourns the loss of one of their own

Jacksonville, Fla. — The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department announced the untimely passing of Engineer Heath J. O’Shea. O’Shea, 44, tragically succumbed following a medical emergency he experienced while on duty the previous Friday night.


Having devoted 20 years of service to JFRD, O’Shea was a dedicated member assigned to Tanker 54, stationed on Jacksonville’s Southside.

In response to his sudden departure, JFRD expressed profound sorrow, stating, “Engineer O’Shea selflessly and honorably served the City of Jacksonville throughout his distinguished career and his passing will forever leave a void in this community.”

The tragic incident unfolded when O’Shea reportedly experienced chest pain during his shift, eventually succumbing to complications stemming from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. O’Shea leaves behind a grieving family, as he was married with children.

The JFRD has organized a solemn procession to honor O’Shea’s memory, with his body set to be transported from Memorial Hospital to Hardage-Giggens Riverside Memorial Park & Funeral Home on the following day at 10:30 a.m. An honor guard will remain by his side as a symbol of respect and remembrance.

The sudden loss of Engineer O’Shea has deeply impacted his colleagues, friends, and the entire Jacksonville community, as they collectively mourn the passing of a beloved firefighter and devoted public servant.

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