Hartsdale Chief Died Of Alcohol Poisoning, Officials Say

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Alcohol poisoning was given as the cause of death for Hartsdale Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Kelley. Photo Credit: Hartsdale Fire District

HARTSDALE, N.Y. — Alcohol poisoning was the cause of death of Hartsdale Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Kelley, the Westchester County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday.

The death was ruled an accident. Kelley, 48, had worked at the Hartsdale Fire District for 18 years. Officials were not able to comment on what Kelley had been drinking before he checked himself into Phelps Memorial Hospital Center just before 5 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Kelley, an Edgemont resident, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. the next morning. According to officials at the Medical Examiner's office, he had a history of alcohol abuse.

Members of Kelley's family and Hartsdale Fire Chief Ed Rush could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Hyde Park.

Kelley served as a firefighter in Poughkeepsie and the Arlington Fire District before spending the last 18 years of his career at the Hartsdale Fire District. He also taught at the fire academy. He will be remembered for his dedication and handing on to others his immense knowledge of fire service, Rush said.

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colarholley:

How nauseating can you be. What purpose did it serve for you to say that Chief Joseph Kelly was known for acohol abuse. Now he will be known for that instead of his dedication to the Fire Department. You need to submit another article pointing out all deeds that show his dedication and while you're at it keep his family in mind. I'm disgusted with you Samatha Kramer.

WJA:

The judgement of the editor is what I question. A follow-up article would add insult to injury.

Greenburgherwithpickles:

No, just distasteful.

halmarc45:

that would be sour pickles.
better not to run obits?

Greenburgherwithpickles:

it is disgusting that you would run this story on the day of this mans funeral!!

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