Department mourns off-duty death of veteran firefighter

March 5, 2019 GMT

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts fire department is in mourning after the unexpected death of a firefighter while clearing snow.

Officials and family members say North Attleborough firefighter Chris Cornetta died Monday morning after he was stricken while using a snowblower to clear his driveway.

His daughter, Cirsten, tells The Sun-Chronicle her father was found unconscious by a plow driver at the end of the driveway.

He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where he died.


She says he was a coach for local youth sports and a New England Patriots season ticket holder.

Fire Chief Michael Brousseau says the 51-year-old Cornetta worked at the department for 29 years and “was a great firefighter and was well liked by everybody.”

In addition to his daughter, Cornetta is survived by his wife and a son.


This story has been corrected to show that Cornetta was using a snowblower, not shoveling, and worked for department for 29 years per new information from the department.