Edward Eckert‚ 71‚ a veteran New Jersey firefighter‚ died June 6‚ 2010‚ while preparing to respond to a fire call. He served with the Stafford Township Fire Department in Manahawkin for more than 30 years‚ including time as chief.
He was born in Atlantic City‚ New Jersey‚ and was a lifelong area resident. He was a US Navy veteran. He was a member of Redman Lodge #61 in Tuckerton.
He was survived by his wife of 49 years‚ Joyce Eckert; sons‚ Edward and Joseph Eckert; and six grandchildren.