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North Arlington Ground Zero First Responder Dies

By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | February 22, 2022 | NEW JERSEY

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NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - Volunteer Fire Captain Burt Hoyt, 59, passed away on February 15th as a result of brain cancer. The captain served at the World Trade Center Ground Zero after the 9-11 attacks, in 2001.

“It is with a heavy heart that we will say goodbye to a good friend, a first responder, a community volunteer, a father, a husband, a chaplain, and much more,” said Mayor Dan Pronti in a statement.

Hoyt was diagnosed with cancer in 2021.

“During his aggressive treatment, all he worried about was making it and reaching his ultimate goal of ranking chief,” said Fire Chief Michael Golon.

Sadly, he was a year short. He would have started his position as deputy fire chief in January, 2023, Golon added.

The department said he was the recipient of numerous awards for actions taken at fires and other emergencies.

Chief Golon said, “He was the man to go to the ends of the earth to do anything for you.”

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.