North Charleston, SC – Today we have learned of the passing of North Charleston Fire Department Firefighter Ej Mascaro following a motor vehicle accident that occurred last night on Palmetto Commerce Blvd. Mascaro was driving his personal vehicle when it struck an 18 wheeler. Mascaro has been with North Charleston Fire Department since 2015 and was previously with City of Charleston Fire Department. Prior to that Mascaro had served in the Unites States Army completing 2 tours in Iraq and was highly decorated during his 5 years of service. Mascaro was an FDIC HOT instructor and also worked with On Scene Training Associates LLC. There were 2 other occupants in the vehicle with Mascaro, which we have learned are his room mates. One of those is a Firefighter with Hanahan Fire Department, and the other with City of Charleston Fire Department.
We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Firefighter Ej Mascaro during this difficult time.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A North Charleston firefighter was killed late Thursday night in a crash on Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston.
North Charleston fire officials identified the firefighter who was killed as Edward “E.J.” Mascaro.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Firefighter Mascaro who was a beloved member of our department. I’m very proud of our crews who responded to this incident and continued working with the highest level of professionalism after recognizing that a victim was one of our own. We offer our deepest condolences to the Mascaro family,” said North Charleston Fire Chief Gregory Bulanow.
Officials say the crash involved Mascaro’s SUV and a freightliner truck.
There were three people in the firefighter’s SUV, officials said. Mascaro was driving the vehicle, and South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Charleston fire officials confirm one of the other people in the SUV worked in the Charleston Fire Department. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A third firefighter who works for the Hanahan Fire Department, was also injured in the crash.
Hanahan Fire Chief Bo Bowers said his firefighter had been released from the hospital. Bowers said the three men in the SUV were roommates.
Troopers say the SUV was heading east on Palmetto Commerce Parkway when the larger truck tried to make a left turn onto the roadway from a private drive.
The driver of the freightliner was not injured, officials said.