Eskil Scott Danielson was not only a councilman, but also a member of the ambulance squad in the Andover Borough in New Jersey.
He was stunned to find himself responding to a car crash that involved his 19-year-old daughter Alycia on Saturday afternoon, but recovered his composure enough to help the rest of the squad treat both her and the occupant of the other vehicle.
He later went to check on his daughter at Newton Medical Center, but suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed in the waiting room, his brother Eric Danielson told Lehigh Valley.
He was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center but was pronounced dead around 8:30 p.m.
Alycia recovered enough over the weekend to be discharged from the hospital.
Friends and family say Scott Danielson was very involved with the community.
“He was pursuing the biggest passion of his life in helping others, and unfortunately, succumbed to it,” his brother said.
“Capt. Danielson was an invaluable asset to this department and many other public safety agencies in Warren County. Scott always put the public’s safety first and foremost in his work and he was a true professional. He will be missed by many,” the Washington Township Police Department added via Facebook.
“He definitely will be missed,” Andover Borough Mayor John Morgan told the New Jersey Herald. “It’s hard to come to terms with all this.”
Danielson is survived by his father Skip Danielson, former police chief of Byram; his brother Eric, police chief in Andover Township; brother Kevin, a fire department lieutenant in Clifton; mother Judy Danielson; wife Tammy; and children Alycia, Amanda, and Aaron.