Fred Edwards joined the Liberty Hose and Truck Co. No. 2 in August 1967 and remained an active member of the Liberty Fire Department for 47 years. Fred, or “Freddie,” as he was known to all, served as fire commissioner, lieutenant, and trustee with the Liberty Fire Department and also served with the Hudson Valley Firemen and Red Vest Associations. Fred was often at the firehouse, willing to lend a hand in whatever needed to be done.
Fred retired after 32 years as a NYS correctional officer. He was a lifelong resident of Liberty and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Free Masons, Mongaup Lodge #521 of Liberty, and the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545. Freddie’s true passions were his life with his wife, Diane, his family, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his pal, Laker.
Fred passed away at his home on May 7, 2014, after participating in a training drill the night before and another training drill earlier in the day. He left behind his beloved wife, Diane, and many other family members, including two brothers who have also served with the Liberty Fire Department.