Roll of Honor

Walter E. Hauser

Walter E. Hauser

  • Firefighter
  • Rochester Fire Department
  • New York
  • Age: 62
  • Year of Death: 2011

Walter E. Hauser was born on January 25, 1949, in Rochester, New York, to Elizabeth & Walter Hauser.

He served as an MP in the U.S. Army. In his younger years, he worked for the U.S. Coast Guard and at the Pentagon.

Walter was a City of Rochester firefighter and a former Fireman of the Year recipient. He was injured in the McCurdy’s department store fire in February 1981, while rescuing fellow firefighters from the blaze. Exposed to toxic fumes, he suffered severe damage to his lungs and eventually endured a heart and lung transplant and cancer. He was a fireman’s fireman, dedicated to the job and modest about his heroic actions.

He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed collecting and lecturing about American Indian artifacts.

He was survived by his wife, Kathy (Verrone) Hauser; son, Chad Hauser; sister, Sandy (John) Gaylord; stepson, Eric Eisenhauer; grandchildren, Alexandra, Jeffery, and Miranda; great-grandson, Bobby; and many lifelong friends.

Walter is remembered as a smart and friendly person.