New Jersey paramedic's fatal heart attack came after he tried to save a life

  • Source: Newark Star-Ledger/
  • Published: 12/11/2015 12:00 AM

James V. Maguire, a paramedic with the Hillsborough Rescue Squad, died in the line of duty on Monday. Maguire had responded to a call near his home on Sunday afternoon and performed CPR for an extended period of time. Less than 20 hours later, he apparently suffered a heart attack, the squad announced. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, 2-6 p.m. A Mass will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 34 Yorktown Road in Hillsborough. "Jim was our coworker and our friend," squad Chief David Gwin said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "It's a very difficult time for all of us, particularly the crews that responded to Jim's house on Monday. We deeply appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and support from around the state as well as the offers of coverage from neighboring squads." Maguire's "entire adult life was dedicated to public service — as a United States Marine, as an EMT and paramedic, and as a police officer," Gwin said. He joined the Hillsborough Rescue Squad in 1979 and was active with it ever since. "I had the pleasure of working with Jim for over 35 years," Gwin said. Maguire also worked as a paramedic at Hunterdon Medical Center in addition to working on the Hillsborough EMS day crew.


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