Yesterday, Sunday, August 22nd, the Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company was informed of the tragic loss of Firefighter Cecelia Escobar-Duplan, 25, who succumbed to traumatic injuries she sustained while helping a motorist on Interstate 95 in Wilmington at around 0415 yesterday morning. Cecelia came upon a vehicle that had spun out of control and was attempting to render assistance to the occupant. While assisting, she was struck by another passing vehicle and transported to the emergency room where she died due to her injuries.
According to the Fire Company, Cecelia Escobar-Duplan had joined Wilmington Manor in June 2018 as a probationary member and achieved full senior member status in June 2019. She acquired her Firefighting and basic medical training, and was actively riding the Ambulance as an apprentice. She was registered to start the EMT Course this fall to acquire her State and National Registry certifications. Cecelia was employed as a Security Officer at West Chester University, while also attending there to finish her Criminal Justice undergraduate degree after previously acquiring an Associates in Criminal Justice at Delaware Technical and Community College.
Funeral Arrangements are in progress, and details will be forthcoming once they are finalized. The Department is in communication with the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association concerning any support and contact with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.