Brewster Fire Department
Brewster Fire Department
Upcoming Events

There are currently no events
View All Events

2021 Incidents
Jan 180
Feb 164
Mar 210
Apr 188
May 203
Jun 202
Jul 202
Aug 217
Sept 236
Oct 205
Nov 200
Dec 231
Total 2438

2022 Incidents
Jan 225
Feb 205
Mar 225
Apr 207
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Total 862

Web Counters
Website Visitors
Since
January 28, 2015
489,009
Visitors Today
May 27, 2022
249
John La Guardia Answers Final Alarm
Email Print RSS Facebook Twitter RSS

By Life Member James Delawder
November 12, 2021

It was with great sadness that the Brewster Fire Department announced the loss of Life Member John LaGuardia who passed away on November 4,2021. John was a fifty-seven year member of the department. He was a longtime member of Fire Attack Company 3. He also served two years as a Lieutenant in that Company. A Full Dress Funeral was held On Wednesday, November 10th at St. Lawrence Church. Afterwards, the procession went past the Brewster Fire Department headquarters so he could answer his final alarm.
John was an avid fisherman and outdoors-man. One of the many things he did was to cook hotdogs for our annual parade. He also spent Mondays cleaning the firehouse. You could tell he was there by the smell of Clorox or ammonia. He mentored many of the members during his Monday cleanings. Many times he was asked about his successful marriage of over sixty years to his wife Lucy. His advice: "Never, never go to bed angry, never." John also had a reputation for painting houses in Brewster. He was frequently seen climbing ladders as well. The following is one of my favorite stories about John.
One day he was up on a ladder painting a house and the phone rang. Ever the helpful person, he came down the ladder to answer the phone since no one was home.. When he got to the phone it had stopped ringing. He climbed up the ladder again and when he got to the top, the phone started ringing again. He came down again to answer the phone but the ringing stopped as soon as he entered the house.. He waited a few minutes in vain in case the person called back. He went back up the ladder again. When he got to the top of the ladder, the ringing began again. John started looking around to see who was playing games with him. It was not a person. It was a bird! Whenever he climbed the ladder, the bird (a mocking bird ?), made the sound of a phone ringing! When he got off the ladder, the bird stopped making the ringing sound!
John was kind, helpful, gentle person who will be greatly missed.


Add a Comment Add a Comment 0 Comment(s)


Website Designed and Hosted By: Content Proudly Maintained By: Contact Info:
Firehouse Solutions
www.FirehouseSolutions.com
Brewster Fire Department
501 North Main St.
Brewster NY 10509
Emergency Dial 911
Non-Emergency: 845-279-3555
E-mail: info@brewsterfiredepartment.org
Copyright © 2022 Firehouse Solutions (A Service of Technology Reflections, Inc.)