Hundreds Mourn Firefighter Killed in Christmas Day Crash

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GALLOWAY — Funeral services have been held for an Atlantic County volunteer firefighter who was killed in a crash as she responded to a call on Christmas Day.

Hundreds of mourners — many of them firefighters and emergency responders from across New Jersey and from other states — gathered Sunday at Absegami High School to mourn Natalie Dempsey.


Authorities have said the 21-year-old Mays Landing resident was responding to a reported chimney fire when she lost control of her car shortly before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and struck a guardrail. The Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company member was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mizpah Chief Jay Davenport says Dempsey had been a volunteer firefighter for three years. She had hoped to become a police officer and attended the police academy over the summer