via Lehigh Valley High:
A public servant and rescue squad member with longtime ties in Warren and Sussex counties died Saturday of a heart attack after answering a crash call that involved his 19-year-old daughter, officials said.
Eskil “Scott” Danielson, 49, of Andover Borough in Sussex County, served on the Lakeland Rescue Squad, an emergency services unit.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the squad was dispatched to a crash along Route 206 on the border of Byram Township and Andover Borough.
Danielson quickly learned his 19-year-old daughter, Alycia, was the crash victim and helped the squad treat both her and the occupant of the other vehicle, said Andover Township Police Chief Eric Danielson, Scott’s brother.
Scott Danielson traveled to Newton Medical Center to check on his daughter, and while in the waiting room suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed, Eric Danielson said. Scott was airlifted at 4:34 p.m. to Morristown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Alycia Danielson has since been discharged from the hospital, Eric Danielson said.
Scott Danielson also leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Tammy, and two other children: Aaron, 28, who is with the U.S. Air Force at Fort Dix, N.J., and daughter Amanda, 21. He is also survived by his parents, father Eskil “Skip” Danielson, retired police chief of the Byram Township Police Department, his mother Judy Danielson, and brother Kevin Danielson, who serves as a firefighter in Clifton.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cochran Funeral Home in Independence Township in Warren County.
Friends say Danielson and his entire immediate family had a passion for community service.
“Scott will be deeply missed,” said Frank Wheatley, director of the Warren County Department of Public Safety, who worked closely with him. “His knowledge of emergency communications is unsurpassed.”
Police in Washington Township, Warren County, took to the department’s Facebook page Sunday to express condolences, calling Danielson a fixture in the community.
“Capt. Danielson was an invaluable asset to this department and many other public safety agencies in Warren County. Scott always put the public’s safety first and foremost in his work and he was a true professional. He will be missed by many,” the department said.
Scott Danielson began serving as a Lakeland Rescue Squad worker at age 14 in the role of “cadet.” He went on to eventually serve as squad chief.
Immediately following graduation from Lenape Valley Regional High School in 1984, he became an emergency services dispatcher in Hopatcong, in Morris County and with the New Jersey State Police.
Many other roles in community service followed, with Eric Danielson saying his brother followed in their father’s footsteps in helping the community. Eventually, Eric said, Scott finally found his niche with Warren County Communications in the early 1990s.
Capt. Scott Danielson most recently served as division manager for Warren County Communications, overseeing 35 employees. He also served on the Warren County Haz-Mat Team.
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