A New Jersey Emergency Medical Service official died of a heart attack after responding to a call that involved his 19-year-old daughter.
The Lakeland Rescue Squad received a call about a car crash along Route 206 on Jan. 16, Lehigh Valley Live reported. Eskil “Scott” Danielson, 49, learned that his daughter, Alycia, was involved in the crash and made his way to the scene.
Alycia was taken to Newton Medical Center. According to Eric Danielson, who is the Andover Township Police Chief and Scott’s brother, Scott had a massive heart attack and collapsed in the waiting room.
Scott was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Alycia has since been discharged from the hospital.
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Scott is survived by his wife and two other children. His family has a long history of community service. His son, Aaron, 28, is with the U.S. Air Force at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and his father, Eskil “Skip” Danielson, is a retired police chief of the Byram Township Police Department. His mother, Judy Danielson, and brother, Kevin Danielson, also served as firefighters in Clifton, New Jersey.
“Scott will be deeply missed,” said Frank Wheatley, director of the Warren County Department of Public Safety. “His knowledge of emergency communications is unsurpassed.”
The Washington Township Police Department took to Facebook to offer its condolences to the family and to pay tribute.
“Capt. Danielson was an invaluable asset to this department and many other public safety agencies in Warren County,” the department wrote. “Scott always put the public's safety first and foremost in his work and he was a true professional. He will be missed by many.”
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Scott, who began serving as a Lakeland Rescue Squad worker at the age of 14, was a fan of the Miami Dolphins, New York Yankees, New Jersey Devils and NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson. He vacationed at Walt Disney in Florida every year with his family.
“There's a phrase in a war movie that can sum up Scott and his life,” Eric Danielson said. “There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. That's no doubt the truth.”