EDISON, NJ - Captain Richard P. Campbell, 55, passed away this morning at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick from COVID-19 complications. He leaves behind his wife, Kimberly, four children: Kaitlin, Kevin, Kristopher, and Arianna, and many other family members and friends.
Captain Campbell, also known as “RP” by many, began his career 28 years ago and was an altruistic leader who always put others first, township officials said. He had two main passions in life: family and the fire department, officials say.
His father was a firefighter for the Edison Fire Department; his brother, Steven, who just recently passed last year, was a firefighter in Elizabeth; his brother, Danny is a Deputy Chief in Elizabeth; and his brother-in-law, Kenneth Schreck, is a Captain of the Edison Police Department.
Edison Fire Chief Brian Latham and Deputy Chief Andrew Toth released the following statement: “We are truly saddened that one of ours has passed from this virus. RP was a dedicated firefighter, a tremendous family man, and a great friend. Our hearts go out to his family and all his brother and sister firefighters. The loss of Captain Campbell will be felt by many and it will be felt for a very long time.”
Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey released the following statement: “Captain Campbell was a valued and respected member of our community and his dedication and commitment to serving the public was a guiding light for so many. The losses incurred as a result of this horrific virus are indescribable but I do know that Captain Campbell’s passing leaves us short a hero. He would never hesitate to rush towards danger to help those in need just as he never failed to mentor those he led. RP was a man dedicated to his family and I want them to know that our community mourns the passing of a great man today.”
Following the death of Edison Fire Department Captain Richard P. Campbell, members of the 18th Legislative District, Senator Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield), Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) released the following statement:
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of Fire Captain Richard P. Campbell, known as “RP” by many of his friends. He passed away this morning at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick from complications of COVID-19. We would like to thank and show our appreciation towards Fire Captain Campbell for his years of service and dedication to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kimberly, as well as his four children: Kaitlin, Kevin, Kristopher, and Arianna. Godspeed to all of our first responders and thank you for the work you do.”