FDNY EMT Dies from Cardiac Arrest at Emergency Dispatch Center

Frederick Whiteside was a 22-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department.

JEMS Staff | November 17, 2023

A FDNY EMT died after a cardiac event while working Friday at a 911 dispatch center, the FDNY announced.

Frederick Whiteside, a 22-year veteran of the department, was working at an emergency dispatch center in the Bronx when he suffered a cardiac event, the agency announced on social media.

“Our hearts are heavy over the loss of EMT Whiteside,” Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. “With more than two decades of service to the FDNY, he was a dedicated public servant and front-line worker. We are saddened by his sudden passing and join his family and friends in mourning his loss.” 

The FDNY said Whiteside was appointed to the fire department on April 19, 2002, and spent his career in the Bronx and in Brooklyn. He was assigned to EMS Dispatch in 2019.