PARAMUS, NJ - September 18th, 2004
Mayor James J. Tedesco and Rescue Chief John P. Pecoraro today
announce the Line of Duty death of Rescue Member William Jim
Lightbody, age 46, of the Paramus Rescue Squad.
Lightbody, a seven year veteran of the department, succumbed to a
heart attack while returning from a motor vehicle entrapment call on
the Garden State Parkway. He was treated at the scene of his collapse
by fellow Rescue Members, Paramus Police, members of the Paramus Fire
Department, Paramedics from Valley Hospital, and the Paramus Ambulance
Corp. He was taken by ambulance to Valley Hospital where he passed
away a short time later.
Jim Lightbody was appointed to the Paramus Rescue Squad on July 26,
1997 and was assigned to Rescue 9. He was a past Secretary and
Treasurer of the Paramus Rescue Association. He was also a life member
of the HoHoKus Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and a past member of the
Greenwood Lake New York Fire Department.
Rescue Member Lightbody, a resident of the Borough of Paramus, is
survived by his wife Paula, son Michael age 19, who is also a member
of the Paramus Rescue Squad, his two daughters, Suzanne age 7, Sarah
age 4, and his sister Janet.
He is the first Paramus Rescue Squad member to die in the line of duty
in the Departments 52 year history