Bob became a member of Se-Wy-Co Fire Company in Lower Saucon Township‚ Pennsylvania‚ in May 2001. He served as its lieutenant‚ secretary‚ and treasurer of the relief association. He was an exempt member of Protection Engine Company No. 1 in Hastings-on Hudson‚ New York‚ which he joined in May 1973. He served there as secretary and was also captain of the Hastings-on-Hudson Ambulance Corps. He had over 33 years of combined service as an active and exempt member. He died from a heart attack on February 3‚ 2007‚ hours after active service at the Se-Wy-Co Fire Station.
Bob loved being a firefighter. The members of Se-Wy-Co posted a memorial of Bob on their website. The following is a quote from their memorial:
Bob will be greatly missed! No words can be said to show the sorrow the members feel. As we gathered these past few days‚ we are all looking at the door waiting for you to come through with yet another joke or story. Your wit will never be forgotten‚ for you are one to have a comeback for every comment and always having one-up on everybody. Thursday night dinners and training will certainly be different; no one can replace you.
Your strength as a firefighter was unmatched; few of us could keep up with you. Your dedication to this organization was beyond what anyone could expect‚ the ‘go to’ guy‚ as the chief put it. Always there to help with your‚ ‘I’ll take care of it‚ Chief.’ attitude was unparalleled. You were the one that could always be counted on for any job in the station and beyond.
A husband‚ a father‚ a friend‚ a firefighter and‚ most of all‚ our brother!
Watch over us – God’s Speed!
Bob is especially greatly missed by his wife‚ Peggy‚ of almost 30 years; his son‚ Bob Jr.‚ who also was a member of Se-Wy-Co; his daughter‚ Ali‚ and her husband‚ Tim. Bob was a wonderful husband and father to his family. We have so many happy memories‚ including our vacations to Maine each summer. We love you always.