Police officer dies eight days after house fire

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. — A Coeymans police officer and state Department of Corrections employee died Monday, eight days after his house caught on fire in Rotterdam.

Joseph L. Dunn Jr.’s home on Outer Drive in Rotterdam caught on fire Aug. 2, Times Union reported.

The resident was on the front lawn of the home when firefighters arrived, and the patient was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital for burns, according to the Daily Gazette.

Dunn’s obituary said he was transferred to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse for treatment, where he “valiantly fought for his life, alongside an extraordinary medical team.” He died at the hospital on Monday.

“We remember Joe as one of the most thoughtful, kind and caring people you would ever meet,” the Coeymans police posted on its Facebook page. “No matter what the circumstances were, Joe was always there to lend a helping hand and would always offer support to those who needed it.”

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(Town of Coeymans Police Department)

Dunn, 60, a lifelong resident of Rotterdam, was a safety officer with the state Department of Corrections since 1984, working at the state Correctional Services Training Academy. He also served as a Coeymans police officer since 1995.

“He will always be remembered as a very humble man, favoring the simplest things in life: sipping Stewart’s coffee, closely following the news, weather, and politics, giving the most hilarious birthday greeting cards, and his love of policing,” his obituary said.



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