PERTH AMBOY — Fire chief Abraham Pitre died on Saturday.

Mayor Wilda Diaz announced the 44-year-old's death in a statement and said the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the circumstances of his death.

“We ask that you keep Abraham Pitre’s loved ones and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn this devastating loss,” Diaz wrote.

The department, on its Facebook page wrote, "we will honor (Pitre's) memory by continuing to uphold our solemn oath to serve and protect, remembering those that lay the path to our future. May you rest in peace Chief. Know the love, respect & loyalty we have for you"

Professional Fire Fighters of New Jersey president Dominick Marino told New Jersey 101.5 "We are sadden by the sudden and unexpected passing of Chief Pitre. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the members of the Perth Amboy Fire department."

Pitre worked for the Perth Amboy Fire Department for 24 year working his way up from the dispatcher to the First Aid Squad and  the volunteer fire department. He became chief in April, 2014 . He was also a member of the Emergency Service Bureau with the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management.

The Amboy Guardian news website reported Pitre was the department’s first Hispanic fire chief.

Pitre lived in Perth Amboy with his wife and children.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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