John Thomas Moran Sr., born June 21, 1946, in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, and residing in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, died suddenly on August 29, 2017, at the age of 71.
John T. Moran Sr., an active volunteer with the Perkiomen Township Fire Company, had faithfully served his community for more than 53 years. He held various ranks with the organization including firefighter, assistant engineer, assistant chief, and fire chief. Chief Moran served in the capacity of fire chief for 20 years before retiring and serving as the township fire marshal. He received several awards and citations over his fire service career, including the “Firefighter of the Year” award from his volunteer organization.
Chief Moran was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing when time permitted. He also enjoyed mechanics and classic cars. He regularly attended classic car shows and would often enter his classic 1970 Chevrolet El Camino for consideration.
He was the loving husband of his wife, Geraldine Moran, for 49 faithful years. Chief Moran raised three children who all have followed in his footsteps. His daughter, a full-time paramedic and deputy chief of EMS for her EMS squad, resides in Pennsylvania. His eldest son, a volunteer fire chief (ret) and current battalion chief, also resides in Pennsylvania, and his youngest son, a battalion chief, resides in Virginia.
Chief Moran was an Army veteran. He served in the military during the Vietnam conflict and was stationed in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Above all, Chief Moran was dedicated to his family and the community. Chief Moran worked full-time as the Road Master for the town he lived in for more than 25 years. He raised his three children in the fire station and ensured they understood the meaning of “service to others.” Chief Moran was a quiet, gentle soul with a heart shared by his family and his community. In his last 24 hours of service, Chief Moran responded to two incidents and a training exercise before passing in the early hours of August 29th. He leaves behind a legacy in the fire service and the community, which many will emulate for years to come.