Firefighter and Marine Corps Veteran Dies Unexpectedly: He Was a ‘True Public Servant’

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Firefighter Joshua Fanti, an Ohio firefighter and Marine Corps veteran, died suddenly.

Thompson Fire Department said, “It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of one of our own. Firefighter Joshua Fanti passed away unexpectedly early this morning.”

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The department said he was a “true public servant” and “his service will not be forgotten.”

“Our condolences go out to all of his family and friends.”

Fanti leaves behind a wife, a son, and a brother. The cause of death is unknown.

Fanti served the Thompson Fire Department for about four years and recently joined the department in nearby Montville.

Montville Fire Rescue said, “We’re truly shocked to learn of his sudden passing. Please keep his family, friends, and fire family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Courtney Fanti, Fanti’s wife, said, “Last night, we lost an amazing man, father, brother, husband, and son.”

“Josh was always the life of the party and could make anyone laugh. I had the pleasure of being with him for six-plus years. We had so many amazing memories together and brought a beautiful son into the world,” she said, adding that “his laugh and smile were so contagious.”

“He was a very hard-working man, firefighter, and veteran, and he loved his Jeeps like no other. He always made sure everyone around him was taken care of. I will always make sure everyone knew how amazing of a guy Josh was.”

Courtney said their son, Case, “will know everything about you and share the same interest as you. I can tell already he will love Jeeps. Case, will never forget who his father was.”

Courtney Fanti added, “I love you forever, Joshua Aaron Fanti … I’m so blessed to have known you and loved you, you’re at peace now.”

The community responded with over one hundred comments of love and support.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the near future.