Memorial Paddle For Lieutenant Andy Boyt

Memorial Paddle  For Lieutenant Andy Boyt Cape May Firefighter

A memorial paddle for Lieutenant Andy Boyt was held today under gray skies and persistent drizzle.  Fellow firefighters, family and friends gathered to remember, celebrate and honor the life of Lieutenant Andy Boyt. Dozens of people of all ages braved the elements to remember Andy.

On October 3, 2011, Lieutenant Andy Boyt of the Cape May Fire Department died in the line of duty.  A few hours after working a twenty-four hour shift, Lieutenant Boyt’s personal vehicle was observed parked on the side of a local road.

Andy was inside of the vehicle, slumped over the steering wheel.  Police, EMS and medics responded and found Andy unresponsive, they started CPR and ALS.  He was immediately transported to Cape Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Lieutenant Boyt had responded to fire calls within 24 hours prior to his passing.

I did not know Andy. But I know he loved surfing. As a way of honoring him, his fellow firefighters and local officials have gathered every year for a memorial paddle out from Steger Beach just off Perry Street. Afterwards people were invited to the Cape May VFW for a beef and beer benefit for the National Fallen Firefighters Association.


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  1. Michelle Boyt
    October 15, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    In spite of the weather, it was another great turnout to honor and remember Andy who was taken from us way too soon. I would personally like to thank everyone who participated in the Paddle Out and who supported the event. Andy gave so much of himself to his community and to the state of New Jersey while he was here on earth. Now, in his memory, we can all give back to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Michelle Boyt, widow of Lt. Andy Boyt

    • JohnCooke
      October 15, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Michelle, Thanks for visiting my blog and for the thoughtful gratitude. Yes Andy was taken way to early. Thanks for reading and commenting Michelle.

  2. Christine Evans
    October 18, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    Thanks for posting the pictures of the Paddle Out. Andy was my brother in law and there is not a day that we don’t think of him. It is nice to see that even today Andy still brings us all together.