Halcott Center man dies after fire call

By Brian Sweeney
A 52-year-old Halcott Center resident died April 2 of an apparent heart attack shortly after firefighters extinguished a brush fire on his property. John D. Bammel was pronounced dead at Margaretville Hospital after he was transported there by emergency personnel.
Fleischmanns Fire Chief Todd Wickham said his department was called to the Bammel residence on Turk Hollow Road shortly after 11 a.m. He said that Mr. Bammel had been burning brush and the fire spread, burning about a quarter-acre before the Fleischmanns volunteers controlled the blaze.
Chief Wickham said that just as the crew was preparing to leave, they were notified that Mr. Bammel was having a medical problem. Fire department rescue personnel performed CPR, but he was declared dead at the hospital.
Mr. Bammel was a part-time resident of Halcott Center. He also had a home in Kinnelon, NJ. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing the reservoir or streams of the Catskills, or hiking amidst the beauty of the woods in upstate New York.