One week after the nation commemorated the twenty-first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Roxbury Township lost one of its own to 9/11-related illness.
Former Roxbury Fire Chief Jeff Poissant passed away after a long battle with cancer attributed to his work at the World Trade Center site after the attacks.
“It is with deep regret the Roxbury Fire Department announces the passing of Past Department Chief Jeff Poissant, who succumbed to his World Trade Center related illness on Saturday, September 17, 2022,” wrote Roxbury Co. 1 Fire and EMS on Facebook. “Jeff joined the Roxbury Fire Department in April of 1982 and was an active member for many years.”
In addition to his time with the Roxbury Fire Department, Chief Poissant was a local business owner. He owned the Succasunna Service Center auto repair shop in Kenvil and later started East Coast Towing with his brother.
Chief Poissant is survived by his wife Cathy, his two sons Zachary and Jeffery, his daughter Elizabeth, his two sisters Dawn and Tina and his brother Alan.
According to data collected by the CDC, almost 3,500 first responded have died due to 9/11-related illnesses.
Thank you Chief for your service to your community and for answering the call when you were needed at Ground Zero. We owe you a debt. God’s speed.