Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Off-Duty Fire Marshal Killed in Queens Crash

QUEENS — An off-duty fire marshal was killed in single-car crash less than a block from his Hollis Hills home on Christmas Eve, officials said.

Martin McHale, 50, lost control of his gray Chevy Silverado about 6:40 p.m. at 85th Avenue and 218th Street, just down the street from his home, and hit a tree, police said.

McHale was rushed to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

"He was a standup guy," another fire marshal said outside of McHale's home Tuesday morning.

The man, who did not give his name, said he'd taken the FDNY's fire marshal training course with McHale, who played football for the FDNY's team.

An FDNY spokesman said McHale was not working at the time of the crash.

It was not clear if weather was a factor.

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