Submitted by his Family
Edward A. Junginger was born May 5‚ 1926‚ and grew up and attended school in Queens‚ New York. Ed’s dad was a New York City police officer who always instilled in him the virtues of service to one’s country and community. At the young age of 17‚ Ed joined the United States Army. He served in Italy during World War II as a proud member of the famous 10th Mountain Division‚ receiving the Bronze Star.
Upon being honorably discharged‚ he married his sweetheart‚ Josephine Thompson. Together‚ they became one of the early homeowners in a community on Long Island‚ New York‚ called Levittown. This community was designed for veterans of World War II. Ed and his wife‚ Jo‚ raised their family of a son and three daughters. For almost 50 years‚ Ed commuted to his job as a salesman in New York City for the same company.
Levittown was quickly growing‚ and so was its young fire department. The department was looking for new members‚ and Ed was looking for a way to serve his community. For 49 years‚ he loyally served the department‚ making many friendships with fellow firefighters and becoming honorary chief.
Ed left his Levittown home for his last fire call on September 23‚ 2008‚ to assist at a motor vehicle accident. While at the scene of the accident‚ he was assigned to move a vehicle for an operator who was too upset to move it. While doing so‚ he suffered a massive heart attack. Ed was revived and placed on life support for a few days. His wife‚ four children‚ and many fire department members‚ taking turns‚ remained with him until God took him home.
Edward A. Junginger was a humble‚ gentle man. He was loved by his wife‚ children‚ grandchildren‚ and great-grandchildren‚ all of whom miss his smile and kindness. His friends and members of the Levittown Fire Department were always close by to assist the family in every way during their sad ordeal. They remain true friends‚ still helping in every way.
God bless all firefighters‚ and keep them safe now and forever.