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Franklin Fire Company Members
Mary St. & Concord Ave., Chester, PA

Franklin Fire Company, Chester and Vicinity  1914 by Hy. V. Smith

Photo from Chester and Vicinity 1914 by Hy. V. Smith

Many thanks to Florence E. O'Bryan, FOBionicBlonde@aol.com, for providing Dates of Death for many of these members.

Some known members of the Franklin Fire Company:

ID Last Name First Name Middle Name Date of Death Biography Obituary Picture Notes Source
1 Agostinelli Dominic   4/11/1989         Angela Riley
4 Allen John B 09/09/1928          
282 Allen John "Doc" B         Had been an active member for 55 years in 1925  
5 Archer Charles   07/1971          
6 Ardes George "Doodle"   05/1973   Obituary      
7 Armstrong William              
9 Ashby John B 09/19/94   Obituary      
283 Ayars, Jr. Ben     Biography   Picture President  
488 Bonacquisti Alfonzo "Moon"   4/18/1992   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
284 Bonacquisti Emilio           Assistant Director of Rescue Squad c. 1965 Anthony R. Guzzo
285 Bonacquisti Vince           Adviser Franklin Ambulance Service 1975. Director of Rescue Squad c. 1965 Anthony R. Guzzo
15 Borgese Samuel   01/09/98   Obituary      
19 Calvarese Ottavio   08/07/99   Obituary      
143 Cestone Joseph           Named on a plaque on Chester's 1724 Courthouse Dedicated to Chester Fire Department, Dedicated on May 1,1920  
22 Ciprani James A 12/01/97   Obituary      
25 Conner Frank A 03/01/60          
286 Creilly Bill             Bill Crielly
144 Curry Cecil           Named on a plaque on Chester's 1724 Courthouse Dedicated to Chester Fire Department, Dedicated on May 1,1920  
485 D'Angelo Anthony F 11/17/1993   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
490 Dechant William J 1/21/1992   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
30 DeNofio Salvidore   09/06/93       "My father, who passed away in 1993 was a very active member of this Fire Company up until his death. This included being the secretary and taking care of business for at least the last 10-15 years of his life." Margaret DeNofio Talarowski, daughter
32 DiCave Thomas A 1/27/2002          
287 Elia Joseph J 7/15/1992   Obituary   Foreman c. 1965 Anthony R. Guzzo
41 Elia Patrick "Pat"   07/15/98   Obituary      
42 Ellis Joseph "Buddy" E 10/05/99   Obituary   One of the oldest members  
43 Ely Frank   1998          
45 Evans James T 08/05/94   Obituary      
145 Fowden Charles L         Named on a plaque on Chester's 1724 Courthouse Dedicated to Chester Fire Department, Dedicated on May 1,1920  
468 Fusco Gene           Gene was also among the first of the paramedics. In mid 1970's was one of a group who volunteered for paramedic training. They were among the first group of trained paramedics and EMTs on the East Coast. Michael P. Murtha
288 Fusco Joseph "Sonny"         Picture   Joseph (Sonny) Fusco
492 Gaudiello Vincent "James"   2/8/1992   Obituary     Florence E O'Bryan
463 Grayson William F 8/2/1996   Obituary   Chater member according to his obituary Florence E O'Bryan
512 Grier John N February 19, 1970   Obituary Picture   Florence O O'Bryan
289 Guzzo Anthony R         1964 - 1967  
290 Hiorth George           Driver 1925  
62 Jablonski Edward   06/02/98   Obituary      
291 Jimison Robert         December 4, 1945 News Article    
174 Johnson James L         Became Commissioner in April 2002 after having served as Deputy Commissioner. James Johnson has been on the force since joining the department as an apprentice in 1977 John (Jack) Gresch
146 Keeley James           Named on a plaque on Chester's 1724 Courthouse Dedicated to Chester Fire Department, Dedicated on May 1,1920  
188 Lambert, Sr. Raymond "Count"           Also transferred to the new "Paid" department until his retirement in 1993; President for Local 1400 IAFF  
68 Larkin Harry              
147 Lilley Leonard B         Named on a plaque on Chester's 1724 Courthouse Dedicated to Chester Fire Department, Dedicated on May 1,1920  
297 MacDonald Joseph           Later a Chief of the paid department until his death  
293 McCarey Edward           President c. 1903  
294 McCarey Ned           A former president 1925 Mascot (1925): "Ned", an eskimo puppy named for Ned McCarey  
295 McCarey Timothy         December 4, 1945 News Article President December 1945  
296 McClelland Thomas           Later a Chester Fire Chief  
75 McDonald Edward J 01/25/99          
79 McDonald James D 03/05/91          
81 McElwee, Jr. John K 03/27/96   Obituary      
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If you have any additional information or pictures that you would like to contribute about any of the members of this fire company, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com. Be sure to include the number in the "ID" column in your email so that I can accurately identify the individual.

2001, 2002 John A. Bullock III.

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