At this time the Mizpah Fire Company has to announce the passing of Firefighter/Vice President Natalie Dempsey. Please…
Authorities say that Natalie Dempsey, 21, was the only victim of the single-vehicle accident.
Dempsey was responding to a call when she lost control of her vehicle and subsequently went off the road before striking a guardrail, according to officials
Dempsey had worked with the fire company for three years.
“She was a beautiful person,” a spokesperson for the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company told Eyewitness News.
Hamilton Township Police say that Dempsey apparently lost control of her vehicle, veered off the roadway and struck a guardrail. She was the only passenger in the black 2001 Honda Accord, according to a statement from the police department.
Her fellow Mizpah firefighters came to the scene of the crash, assisted by the Mays Landing Fire Department and the Hamilton Township Rescue Squad, according to police.
Fire officials initially did not realize they had lost someone in the line of duty. As Chief Jay Davenport and a few other Mizpah volunteer firefighters returned from the fire they were called out on, they stopped to help police with the wreck on Landis Avenue. Davenport said it was then when he recognized Dempsey’s car — and he realized the victim was one of their own.
She had just passed her Firefighter 1 certification and her goal was to become a police officer. According to Davenport, she attended the police academy over the summer.
“She was one of the most beautiful-souled people you could imagine,” Davenport said. “The world was lollypops and rainbows for that girl. Her smile can light up the room.”