Charles W. McCarthy Jr.

Charles W. McCarthy 	Jr.

Charles W. ‘Chip’ McCarthy Jr. was my brother. He was 45 years old. He was on the job with the Buffalo Fire Department for 23 years and served as a lieutenant for the last 13 years. He received (posthumously) the 2009 Buffalo Fire Commissioner’s Unit Citation for assisting other companies in the rescue of a woman in the water. Chip was a member of the Buffalo Firefighters Union‚ Local #282.

Chip was an extremely dedicated family man‚ as well as one of those guys who would help you at the drop of a hat. He was a hard worker. He could paint a house with the best of them. He loved his dogs‚ all seven of them.

I have many memories of the times my brother and I shared. We spent our summers at the cottage in Canada while growing up. We played youth hockey together‚ and he helped me find my way around the high school that we went to together. We worked the same job together before getting on the B.F.D.‚ and Chip helped me prepare for my career when I got on the B.F.D. He and my cousin studied with me for our promotional exam. Without their help I probably wouldn’t have made it. Chip and I went to concerts and sporting events‚ and he was there if I ever needed him. I remember his love and dedication to family‚ his sense of humor and his laidback attitude.

He is survived by his wife‚ Terri (Browka); two daughters‚ Stephanie and Shannon; a son‚ Charles III Chas; and his granddaughter‚ Taliana. He is also survived by his parents‚ Charles Sr. and Marilyn McCarthy‚ and his brother‚ Dan.

Jonathan S. Croom

Jonathan S. Croom

Jonathan Simeon Croom joined the Buffalo Fire Department in 1999. He was best known as ‘Sim.’

His greatest joy was his love of life‚ family and friends. An avid athlete‚ he spent his time playing sports‚ exercising‚ and competing in local races. Sim was best known for his great smile and warm personality. His sense of humor knew no bounds‚ and he could make light of any situation. As a single parent‚ he devoted his life to raising his daughter‚ Joanna.

Anything he worked at was done with great pride and courage‚ so as a dedicated firefighter‚ his last act of heroism came as no surprise to those who knew and loved him. As a son‚ he was perfect. Sim would be overwhelmed and very pleased by this year’s memorial.

He is survived by his parents‚ Duane and Maria Angela Heusinger‚ and Jonathan Croom; and his two siblings‚ Gabriel Antoine Croom and Beau Croom. Sim also leaves behind his fianc_e‚ Ingrid Perugachi‚ and his two children‚ Joanna Croom-Coronel and Jonathan ‘Danielito’ Croom.

We love you‚ Sim.

‘Love is stronger than death‚ fiercer than the grave.’

Donald J. Herbert

Donald J. Herbert

Submitted by his Wife

Don joined the Buffalo Fire Department in 1986 and worked several years with the Heavy Rescue Company. He was critically injured in 1995 while fighting a structure fire and died in 2006 from complications of those injuries.

As a well-respected member of the department‚ Don was the recipient of the 1991 Marine Corps League Medal‚ 1991 Erie County American Legion Public Safety Award‚ and 1994 Buffalo Fire Commissioner’s Award‚ and was named Fire Fighter of the Year in 1996 for his dedication to the fire service.

Known for his love of the outdoors‚ he enjoyed hunting‚ fishing‚ and camping with his wife and four sons. Don was a man of courage and determination and was an inspiration to his fellow fire fighters. He is missed and will always be remembered as a loving husband‚ devoted father‚ and trusted friend.

He is survived by his wife‚ Linda; and his sons‚ Donald‚ Thomas‚ Patrick‚ and Nicholas.

Michael L. Seguin

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Vincent D. Meegan Jr.

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Brian T. Dillon

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Michael D. Gerrie

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