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 Commissioners 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.