NJ volunteer firefighter killed in crash while responding to call Christmas morning

Justin Udo
December 25, 2018 - 6:46 pm
Natalie Dempsey

Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company/Facebook

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HAMILTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey fire department is mourning the loss of one of their own who died responding to a call Christmas morning.

Twenty-one-year-old Natalie Dempsey, a three-year member of the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company, died while responding to an incident in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.

"We were dispatched to a structure fire. We responded to the structure fire," said Mizpah Chief Jay Davenport Jr. "On the way back, we heard there was an accident. We stopped to assist with the police department, and that's when we found out one of our members was involved in the crash."

Davenport said Dempsey, who was the only victim of the single-vehicle accident, will be sorely missed in their firehouse.

"She had a smile that could light up a room," he said. "Beautiful soul."

Dempsey’s funeral service will have full honors since she died in the line of duty.

The Mizpah company said anyone looking to reach out to them can do so via its Facebook page.