Fire Police Lt. John J. “JJ” Thompson, 79, of the Hightstown Engine Co. (Station 41) died of an apparent heart attack while directing traffic at the scene of a dwelling fire at 418 North Main Street. According to newspaper accounts, Thompson was inside his home at 404 North Main Street when two boys knocked on his door around 9:50 a.m. and asked permission to use his phone to report the blaze. Thompson reported the fire himself and then went outside to direct traffic away from incoming apparatus. The blaze, which may have been electrical in nature, heavily damaged the house.
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