Collings Lakes deputy fire chief dies suddenly

Deputy Chief Edwin Jones died early Monday morning after arriving at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Hammonton, suffering from chest pains.

The Collings Lakes Fire Department is mourning Deputy Chief Edwin R. Jones Jr., who died Monday. He was 60.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, Jones went to the AtlantiCare emergency room in Hammonton after experiencing chest pains and collapsed while walking into the hospital. Emergency room staff worked to revive him but were unsuccessful. He died about 2 a.m., the department said.

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“We are certainly heartbroken,” Chief Bill Donnelly said Tuesday. “It’s a great loss to the department.”

Jones joined the volunteer department in November 1977. He was serving as deputy chief and department treasurer. Jones previously served as fire chief for 14 years, from 1983 through 1997, Donnelly said.

Jones was also a 23-year employee of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

The statement from the Fire Department said Jones leaves behind his wife, Diana, and son Andrew, as well as his extended family at the firehouse and the Forest Fire Service.

A viewing is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Earle Funeral Home in Blackwood. A second viewing will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. July 18, with a funeral service to follow at Greenmount Cemetery in Hammonton.

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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