Submitted by his daughter
George O. Sandfield was a 44 year member of Alert Hook Ladder & Engine Co. No. 1 at the time of his death. He suffered cardiac arrest while ‘standing by’ at the firehouse waiting for the trucks to return from an alarm. He died six weeks later on December 11‚ 1987.
George was devoted to the fire department serving as its Chief in 1956 for a two year term as well as an engineer for several years. I remember many holiday dinners which were interrupted when the ‘whistle blew.’ He was probably the best dressed fireman one Easter Sunday when he responded to a brush fire in his new Easter garb‚ only to return hours later with it singed!
He was a Navy veteran of WW II serving aboard the USS Remus in the Pacific.
George retired in 1980 as a maintenance machinist at Federal Paperboard Company in Piermont after 37 years of service to the village’s paper mills. There‚ he was a member of the Fire Brigade.
George loved to fish for bass in the local lakes and ice fish in the winter. His greatest accomplishment as an angler was landing a 9 foot blue marlin in Miami Beach while on vacation. He named it Marvin‚ and it graced our living room wall for many years.
At the time of his death he was survived by his wife of almost 45 years‚ Lillian‚ his daughter Barbara and her three children and daughter‚ Madeline.