Off-duty Philadelphia firefighter dies in Cape May Triathlon

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A Philadelphia firefighter — who was off-duty at the time — died on Sunday. The firefighter was one of many, who participated in the Escape the Cape Triathlon in Cape May, New Jersey on Sunday morning.

The male was nearly done with the swimming part of the Escape the Cap Triathlon. According to, he was found unresponsive in the water.

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An event volunteer found the male, Jim Salmon, a spokesman for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, according to Salmon said the death was an “apparent cardiac arrest.”

The male has not been identified at this time.

After being found by the volunteer, the man was carried onto the beach, where they attempted to resuscitate him, Salmon said.

He was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center, where he died. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 am, Salmon said.

While Salmon said it could be a cardiac arrest, the official cause of death will not be known until the body has an autopsy.

Philadelphia fire commissioner Adam Thiel made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. He said two members of the force died on Sunday.

It is not clear how the second firefighter died.

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