EMS Officer Dies After Responding to Daughter's Car Crash

Eskil 'Scott' Danielson, 49, tended to her at scene, later suffered heart attack
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2016 3:29 PM CST
EMS Officer Dies After Responding to Daughter's Car Crash
Medics tends to a patient at an auto accident in this file photo.   (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST)

Tragedy in New Jersey: An emergency responder died suddenly after tending to a car crash involving his own daughter, the Express-Times reports. Eskil "Scott" Danielson, 49, was serving in an EMS unit when it responded to a crash scene between Andover Borough and Byram Township. Officials say Danielson helped two crash victims—his 19-year-old daughter, Alycia, and a victim in a second car. "After tending to her at the scene, he complained of back pain," his father tells the New Jersey Herald. Danielson went to Newton Medical Center to see how Alycia was doing, and about an hour later suffered a major heart attack in a waiting area and collapsed. Airlifted to another medical center, Danielson was pronounced dead by about 8:30pm.

"He was pursuing the biggest passion of his life in helping others, and unfortunately, succumbed to it," his brother says. A former chief of the Lakeland Emergency Squad, Danielson had also been a member of the New Jersey Fire Service and was serving his third term on Andover Borough Council, a press release says. The father of three also leaves behind a wife of 25 years. Alycia was released with minor injuries and wrote an emotional Facebook post that includes a photo of her father kissing her cheek: "I love you so much, daddy. I'll take good care of mom, I promise. Please watch over us," she writes. "Shine your light, when you're gone. Give me the strength, to carry on." Details of the car crash haven't yet been released. (A family's drive to deliver their third baby ended in tragedy.)

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