Chepachet Fire Chief dies weeks after motorcycle crash

By News Staff


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CHEPACHET, R.I. (WLNE) – Fire Chief Robert Dauphinais has died following a motorcycle crash in early July. 

The wife of the Chepachet Fire Chief said her husband suffered a stroke, leading to a serious motorcycle crash on July 7.

Ericka Dauphinais said according to doctors, her husband Robert suffered a stroke while riding his motorcycle in the area of Wampum Corner in Wrentham, causing the bike to crash.

The 50-year-old fire chief suffered serious brain trauma, a collapsed lung, bruised heart, liver laceration, and much more as a result of the crash.

His wife was riding as a passenger at the time of the crash but suffered only minor injuries.

Dauphinais was airlifted to Boston for treatment, where he was then placed in a medically induced coma.

The Chepachet Fire Department posted this update on the Chief’s condition, on Tuesday morning:

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Chief Robert Dauphinais.

The Chief did not immediately surrender to his injuries, but put up a valiant and obstinate battle to recover. Despite his strong will and the best medical care, he was unable to continue the fight.

While we mourn the loss of our leader, we like to think of how fortunate we have been to have Chief Dauphinais in our department and our lives.

Over 30 years ago, Chief Dauphinais joined the Chepachet Fire Department as a junior firefighter. Over time, his hard work and commitment allowed him to rise through the department’s ranks.

During that time he not only served the community but also grew the department and helped develop the members, many of whom have gone on to careers in public service.

We lost a friend and guiding influence whose presence always lead the way in responding to emergencies and department duties while serving as a reminder of the responsibility we have to each other and to our community. 

In addition to being the department’s Chief, Robert Dauphinais was also a loving husband, devoted father, caring brother and respected town employee. Please keep the Chief’s family in your thoughts.

Details regarding final arrangements will be provided as they become available.”

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