Joseph Todd Gallo was born February 23, 1986, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to Todd and Michelle Gallo. Joe graduated from Blissfield High School in 2004. He was an Eagle Scout.
Joe always wanted to be a firefighter and, at age 16, bought his first vehicle, a 1961 Ward LaFrance fire truck.
He spent his career building a dedicated and ambitious reputation. Joe joined the Blissfield Township Fire Department in 2014. The fire department promoted him to captain in 2017. In 2018, the Madison Township Fire Department also hired Joe as a firefighter and EMT. He worked at least two shifts every week, while simultaneously serving as the fire captain for Blissfield Township.
“He was always ‘that guy,’ the one you knew you could count on,” Blissfield Township Fire Department Chief Dale Fruchey said.
“Joe had a passion for the fire service. He was probably one of the most passionate firefighters I’ve known in a long time,” Madison Township Fire Department Chief Ryan Rank said.
Joe died November 17, 2020, doing what he loved most, responding to a barn fire. Joe is survived by his parents, Todd and Michelle; brother, Zachary (Lauryn); nephew, Sawyer; and many family and friends.