NY firefighter dies possible 'line of duty death' after day of Isaias response

Maya Rajamani
August 06, 2020 - 3:19 pm
Alec Tannenbaum

Vails Gate Fire Department


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 29-year-old Orange County firefighter died after he spent the day clearing trees downed by Tropical Storm Isaias, and officials are investigating his passing as a possible “line of duty” death. 

Alec Tannenbaum, an active volunteer member of the Vails Gate Fire Department in New Windsor, was found unresponsive in his home on Tuesday night, the department said. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. 

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Tannenbaum spent Tuesday afternoon responding to fire alarms and helping to clear “many downed trees that were the result of damage inflicted by… Isaias,” the department wrote on its website

“His passing is being investigated as a possible Line of Duty Death,” it said. 

Tannenbaum, who also worked as a federal firefighter for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, joined the Vails Gate Fire Department in 2016, according to the department. 

He served two tours in Afghanistan as a Marine, and received a Purple Heart award after he was injured in combat, the department said. 

“Alec proudly served his country and his community with everything he had,” it said. “Most importantly, he was a friend and brother to us all, and will be sorely missed.”