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On 3-13-24.....Sad news .... On 3-13-24 at 89 yrs of age...
REST IN PEACE BROTHER...THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY (US NAVY) & FDNY....
PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES ....
FF LAD*43....LT LAD*26 .....CPT R*3....
Bill was a FF in LAD*43 when my Father was still working in 43.....when I was a kid we did not have a car which after we moved from MANH to QNS required a ride on a Bus & two trains to LEX & 110 then a walk to the 111 St FH. which my Father did every tour.....in the Fifties I used to go to the FH to ride with my Father when I could & if Bill was also working & finishing up a tour also he would give us a ride back to QNS in his car..... when Bill was a FF he was turning down LT because he did not want to leave 43....at one point as his opportunity came up again they approached him & offered him a LT spot in 26 which he took so he wound up getting Promoted but not leaving Harlem .
 
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Obituary: John Kryger, retired FDNY, was a watchdog for fire safety in Rockland​

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Rockland/Westchester Journal News


John Kryger, an honored member of the FDNY, Rockland County volunteer and former Journal News/lohud.com sports and news reporter, died March 18, 2024, at 81.
Kryger was deputy fire coordinator for Rockland County Fire & Emergency Services, known as 44-Control, since 2004. His record of public service and fire prevention education stretched from his years with the FDNY through his journalism career and his active role advocating for strong fire safety and codes to protect the community.
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David Kryger said his father used his breadth of experience in the fire service and journalism to provide the public with important information. "He gained the trust of fire chiefs, police chiefs and leaders in the emergency services field."

Fire safety first​

Kryger, a Garnerville resident, had served with the FDNY from 1965 to 1986. He worked at engine and ladder companies in Brooklyn, Manhattan Staten Island and the Bronx. He also worked for the New York City Fire Department's Fire Service Division.

Kryger also served as a fire instructor at both the Rockland County and state level, and taught at the National Fire Academy.
He worked as a sports and public safety reporter for The Journal News from 1987 to 2004. Prior to that, he had served as sports editor at the Rockland County Times.

In 1997, Kryger and a team of reporters produced a series of stories about fire safety after a string of fatal blazes in Rockland. Called "Fire's Deadly Rage," the series won awards, including from the New York State Associated Press Association; Gannett, which owns The Journal News/lohud; and the Rockland County Fire Chiefs' Association.
"It was unbelievably hard-hitting," said Gordon Wren Jr., retired Rockland County fire coordinator. "When the stories were published, stores around the county sold out of smoke alarms within days."
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Kryger was honored twice with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company's Fire Mark Award for his journalistic contributions to fire prevention, in 1999 and 2002.
After 9/11 Kryger marshalled important and sensitive coverage of the fallen from Rockland and beyond.

Eye on Rockland​

After his retirement from The Journal News, Kryger's dedication to fire prevention in Rockland continued.
An active member of the West Haverstraw Volunteer Fire Department, Kryger served with S.W. Johnson Fire Engine Company from 1974 to 1986 and then Volunteer Hose Co. 2 starting in 2002.
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Kryger had served as chairman of the Rockland County Illegal Housing Task Force, which worked to enforce and strengthen fire safety and building codes.
He was a life member of the Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, corresponding secretary, and a member of the board of directors; a member of the Rockland County Fire Chiefs Association; an honorary member of the Rockland County Volunteer Fire Police Association; a member of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York; and a member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

He also served on the Rockland County Fire Advisory Board, and had served as chairman and vice-chairman.
He was active in his church, Trinity Episcopal in Garnerville.
Kryger described himself as "an original NY Mets fan since 1962" and was a New York Rangers fan. He enjoyed reading a book a week and walking for exercise.

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Funeral information​

John J. Kryger was born July 29, 1942 and raised in Staten Island.
Kryger earned his associate's degree in applied fire science from SUNY Rockland Community College, a bachelor's in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and pursued graduate studies in public administration at John Jay.
He married Susanne K. Smith in 1962. They moved to Rockland County in 1972.
He is survived by his sons, Steven, David and Andrew, and daughter Patricia Espinoza; four granddaughters and six grandsons.
A wake for Kryger will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 21 and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona. A firematic service is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fire Training Center.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 28 Chapel, Garnerville.

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RET CPT JAMES SPINK....FF LAD*27...LT LAD*48...CPT DV*6..... REST IN PEACE BROTHER......THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY (USMC) & FDNY.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIS.....SEMPER FI ! ......


Wake:

Tuesday, 3/26 4-8 PM
Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home
100 Franklin Ave. Pearl River

Funeral:
Wednesday, 3/27 10:00 AM
Saint Aidan Church
23 Reid Dr. Pearl River
 
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RET CPT JAMES SPINK....FF LAD*27...LT LAD*48...CPT DV*6..... REST IN PEACE BROTHER......THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY (USMC) & FDNY.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIS.....SEMPER FI ! ......


Wake:

Tuesday, 3/26 4-8 PM
Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home
100 Franklin Ave. Pearl River

Funeral:
Wednesday, 3/27 10:00 AM
Saint Aidan Church
23 Reid Dr. Pearl River
Rest easy brother
 
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In regard to RET FF FRANK PONDILLO ENG*207 ( see reply # 2388 on page 120) ...
BURIAL SERVICE FOR RET FF FRANK PONDILLO ...... 4-5-24

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There will be a burial service for Frank Pondillo on April 5th at 13:00.
The service will take place at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Rd.)
Sarasota, FL 34241
Members are encouraged to attend dressed in our organization's uniform (white shirt with department patch)
 
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In reference to RET BC Al Petrocelli page 67 reply # 1334 ....I received this today 4-1-24 from a Friend.... "
Sent: Monday, April 1, 2024 at 11:16:37 AM EDT
Subject: REMEMBERING BC AL PETROCELLI BATT. 40

Today, on the 4th Anniversary of his passing ( 4/1/2020), we remember Al, (aka Albie) the best example of a husband, father, grandfather and a great fire officer. Al lived his life religiously and as the most selfless person you would even have wanted to know.
He was one of the first individuals to have succumbed to Covid. I’m proud to have been a fellow coworker but most of all your friend. There is no doubt you went directly to Heaven and hopefully all of us who had the honor to have known you will get to see you again when we are called from this life. Rest in Peace my friend.

Bob (Bo) Howell"
 
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RET D. C . PETER J. NOONAN DV*15....KOREAN WAR VETERAN.....
On 4-6-24 at 92 yrs of age....FF ? .....LT LAD*40....CPT ENG*1..... BC BN*11....RET 8-1-91 after 34 yrs OTJ.
REST IN PEACE BROTHER.....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (US ARMY Korean War ) & FDNY.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES........
Certainly one of the Greats....always a friendly smile & a greeting......always a Gentleman ......I was in his group both when I was a FF in R*2 & a LT in 332 .....always a pleasure to see him at a Job or in the FH....... a few yrs ago when a young fellow (then age 9) who lived upstairs in my house lost both his Parents within a few yrs I had put a request for donations in the Mayday forum here & on the other two FD sites .....the first to donate was Pete & along with his check he sent a very nice letter of comfort........

Photo Obit & Arrangements.......


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RET D. C . PETER J. NOONAN DV*15....KOREAN WAR VETERAN.....
On 4-6-24 at 92 yrs of age....
REST IN PEACE BROTHER.....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (US ARMY Korean War ) & FDNY.....PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES........
Certainly one of the Greats....always a friendly smile & a greeting......always a Gentleman ......I was in his group both when I was a FF in R*2 & a LT in 332 .....always a pleasure to see him at a Job or in the FH....... a few yrs ago when a young fellow (then age 9) who lived upstairs in my house lost both his Parents within a few yrs I had put a request for donations in the Mayday forum here & on the other two FD sites .....the first to donate was Pete & along with his check he sent a very nice letter of comfort........

Photo Obit & Arrangements.......


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Rest in Peace Brother
 
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RET FF CHARLES J. ROJAS JR. LAD*147....
On 3-28-24 at 85 yrs of age....RET 1982... I remember Charlie originally in LAD*123 on Ralph Ave ( & maybe FDNY Football ? )....

REST IN PEACE BROTHER .....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY (US NAVY ) & FDNY......PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES.....

PHOTO ..OBIT & ARRANGEMENTS. ..... marineparkfh.com/tribute/details/4186/Charles-Rojas/obituary.html#tribute-start
 
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Obituary: John Kryger, retired FDNY, was a watchdog for fire safety in Rockland​

View attachment 42936Nancy Cutler
Rockland/Westchester Journal News


John Kryger, an honored member of the FDNY, Rockland County volunteer and former Journal News/lohud.com sports and news reporter, died March 18, 2024, at 81.
Kryger was deputy fire coordinator for Rockland County Fire & Emergency Services, known as 44-Control, since 2004. His record of public service and fire prevention education stretched from his years with the FDNY through his journalism career and his active role advocating for strong fire safety and codes to protect the community.
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David Kryger said his father used his breadth of experience in the fire service and journalism to provide the public with important information. "He gained the trust of fire chiefs, police chiefs and leaders in the emergency services field."

Fire safety first​

Kryger, a Garnerville resident, had served with the FDNY from 1965 to 1986. He worked at engine and ladder companies in Brooklyn, Manhattan Staten Island and the Bronx. He also worked for the New York City Fire Department's Fire Service Division.

Kryger also served as a fire instructor at both the Rockland County and state level, and taught at the National Fire Academy.
He worked as a sports and public safety reporter for The Journal News from 1987 to 2004. Prior to that, he had served as sports editor at the Rockland County Times.

In 1997, Kryger and a team of reporters produced a series of stories about fire safety after a string of fatal blazes in Rockland. Called "Fire's Deadly Rage," the series won awards, including from the New York State Associated Press Association; Gannett, which owns The Journal News/lohud; and the Rockland County Fire Chiefs' Association.
"It was unbelievably hard-hitting," said Gordon Wren Jr., retired Rockland County fire coordinator. "When the stories were published, stores around the county sold out of smoke alarms within days."
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Kryger was honored twice with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company's Fire Mark Award for his journalistic contributions to fire prevention, in 1999 and 2002.
After 9/11 Kryger marshalled important and sensitive coverage of the fallen from Rockland and beyond.

Eye on Rockland​

After his retirement from The Journal News, Kryger's dedication to fire prevention in Rockland continued.
An active member of the West Haverstraw Volunteer Fire Department, Kryger served with S.W. Johnson Fire Engine Company from 1974 to 1986 and then Volunteer Hose Co. 2 starting in 2002.
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Kryger had served as chairman of the Rockland County Illegal Housing Task Force, which worked to enforce and strengthen fire safety and building codes.
He was a life member of the Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, corresponding secretary, and a member of the board of directors; a member of the Rockland County Fire Chiefs Association; an honorary member of the Rockland County Volunteer Fire Police Association; a member of the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York; and a member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

He also served on the Rockland County Fire Advisory Board, and had served as chairman and vice-chairman.
He was active in his church, Trinity Episcopal in Garnerville.
Kryger described himself as "an original NY Mets fan since 1962" and was a New York Rangers fan. He enjoyed reading a book a week and walking for exercise.

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Funeral information​

John J. Kryger was born July 29, 1942 and raised in Staten Island.
Kryger earned his associate's degree in applied fire science from SUNY Rockland Community College, a bachelor's in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and pursued graduate studies in public administration at John Jay.
He married Susanne K. Smith in 1962. They moved to Rockland County in 1972.
He is survived by his sons, Steven, David and Andrew, and daughter Patricia Espinoza; four granddaughters and six grandsons.
A wake for Kryger will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 21 and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona. A firematic service is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fire Training Center.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 28 Chapel, Garnerville.

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RET LT JAMES "JIMMY" LOPEZ R*5....
On 4-18-24 at 80 yrs of age....RET 1995 after 27 yrs OTJ.

REST IN PEACE BROTHER .....THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE BOTH MILITARY ( US ARMY AIRBORNE) & FDNY.....

PRAYERS FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILIES......

Jimmy was a proby classmate of mine ....upon Graduation he was assigned to ENG*230 in an adjoining FH to mine & we ran in together often.....when the TCUs were formed Jimmy opted to go to one of the BX TCU's .....after the TCU's were disbanded he went to LAD*48......next he went to R*2 where we once again worked together having many long conversations on both the Military & the FDNY... he was later Promoted to LT & was a Charter LT in R*5 where once again we caught up with each other during brief periods that I Covered there.....his Son also James is a FF in R*2 & his Brother Bob is a RET FDNY FF.........Photo ....Obit & Arrangements .....

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