The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) was saddened to learn of the death of Chief John T. McGrath, Jr. on October 11, 2023. Chief McGrath worked for the Philadelphia Fire Department for 30 years, retiring as Deputy Fire Commissioner. He then served as chief of the Raleigh Fire Department (NC) for 14 years, retiring in 2019. Chief McGrath exemplified courage, determination, and compassion in his professional and personal life.
In addition to his dedication to the fire service for more than four decades, Chief McGrath’s selfless service was demonstrated as incident commander of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend for more than 10 years. “Chief McGrath’s legacy will forever be a shining example of unwavering dedication to the fire service community in Philadelphia and Raleigh. Within the NFFF family, he will always be remembered for his tireless commitment to honoring fallen firefighters at Memorial Weekend and through his work with the Taking Care of Our Own program,” said NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki.
The NFFF extends heartfelt condolences to Chief McGrath’s wife, Carol Ann, and his children, John III, Joseph, James, and Alison. Chief McGrath’s impact on the NFFF and the firefighting community will forever be cherished and remembered.