Fire Chaplains Memorial


When I receive my final call
That great summons from on high
The alarm that comes to one and all
From the Lord of earth and sky.

Would you respond as I have done
To neighbors along the way?
Comfort my firefighters as I have done
Please find some kind words to say.

Give my boots, coat, helmet, Bible and gloves
To a fine young Chaplain with pride.
Help them stand tall with those they love
And my spirit by their side.

Maybe I’m just reminiscing
As I try to look ahead
Where fire alarms will never ring
This is true so Jesus said.

May God sustain and strengthen all,
My family and friends so dear
When I respond to my last call
And my Jesus says:  “come up here”.

Our Founder, our former Executive Director, Our Friend, Our Poppy, passed away in his home the morning of June 25, 2022. All in the Fire Service have been touched by his life and his passing. 


Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Chaplain Bert Anderson                       Providence Fire Department, Rhode Island

Chaplain O.A. Alderson                       Miami Fire Department, Florida

Chaplain H. Jay Atwood                   Aledo Fire Department/Parker County ESD #1, Texas

Chaplain Joe Balent                              Minneapolis Fire Department, Minnesota

Chaplain Joseph W. Bayne       Erie County Emergency Services

Chaplain Ben Benthien                 East Pierce County Fire Department, Washington

Chaplain Larry Biemllier                      Jarretsville Fire Department, Maryland

Chaplain Dan Bitsko                   Smithtown Fire Department, New York

Chaplain Nick Brett                              Dundee Fire Department, Oklahoma

Chaplain Donald Castle                        Lombard Fire Department, Illinois

Gilbert Chard                   Warriors Path Fire Department, Tennessee

Chaplain Roger Charles                       Harveysburg Fire Department, Ohio

Chaplain David Coblentz                     Middletown Fire Department, Maryland          

Chaplain Gerald Cohen                        Michigan City Fire Department, Indiana

Chaplain Israel (Sonny) Cohen            Wassaic, NY Fire Department

Chaplain Jim Cole                                Harlem-Roscoe Fire District, Illinois

Chaplain Terry Collins-Past President Hampstead Fire Department, North Carolina

Chaplain Piece Damewood                  Maryland State Fireman’s Association

Chaplain Jim Dawson                  Bloomington Township Fire Department, Indiana

Chaplain Jack Ehlenfeld                      North Park Fire Department, Illinois

Chaplain Thomas Engbers-Past President Miami/Miami Dade, FL

Chaplain Winfield Engler                      Palmyra Fire Department, Pennsylvania

Chaplain Dan Ennis                              Shively Fire Department, Kentucky

Chaplain Ken Erickson                         Providence Fire Department, Rhode Island

Chaplain John Folster                           Fall River Fire Department, Massachusetts

Chaplain Michael Forbes                      East River  Fire Department, West Virginia

Chaplain Lee Gapzke                            Sauk Village, IL Fire Department

Chaplain Kent Garrett                           Woodstock Fire Department, Ontario, Canada

Chaplain James Paul Gentry                 Sisters Fire Department, Oregon

Chaplain Gerard Gfroerer                     Uniondale Fire Department, Pennsylvania

Chaplain Rick Giardine                    Olathe Fire Department, Kansas

Chaplain Ken Gill                  Oak Bay Fire Department, BC Canada

Chaplain Greg Griego                          Albuquerque Fire Department, New Mexico

Chaplain Bob Grumbine                      Baltimore Fire Department, Maryland

Chaplain J. Gibbs Hammond- Past President Knoxville Fire Department, Tennessee

Chaplain Dan Harris                            Hampton Bays Fire Department, New York

Chaplain Ronald R. Hein                Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, Texas

Chaplain Eileen Helzel                        Lumminary-Frostbite Fire Department, Tennessee

Chaplain Roy Hinger      Los Angeles County Fire Department 

Chaplain Richard Holst (LODD)  9/9/2009 Huntington Manor Fire Department, NY

Chaplain Allen Jelenick                       Minneapolis Fire Department, Minnesota

Chaplain Mychal Judge (LODD)  9/11/2001 FDNY, New York

Chaplain Steve Kass                             Ventura City Fire Department, California

Chaplain Steven G. Kay-Past President Redlands Fire Department, California

Chaplain David Keasling      Van Buren Fire Department, Indiana

Chaplain John Lama                            Margate Fire Department, Florida

Chaplain Ken Latham                          Sevier County Fire Department, Tennessee

Chaplain Steve Layzell      Hillsboro Oregon Fire Department, Oregon

Chaplain Howard Lewis              Snohomish Fire Department, Washington

Chaplain Frank Lucas                          Wantagh Fire Department, New York

Chaplain Louis Ray Lyons                   Cynthiana Fire Department, Kentucky

Chaplain George L’Heureux                 Maryland Firemen’s Association

Chaplain Bryan Massie                         Mechanicsburg Fire Department, Ohio

Chaplain Dennis McCarthy                  Winterhaven Fire Department, Florida

Chaplain McClendon Mixon                Ohio State Firefighter’s Association, Ohio

Chaplain W. Grant McIntosh, III       Fairfax County Fire Rescue, Virginia

Chaplain Ray Middaugh                       Toledo Fire Department, Ohio

Chaplain Irvin Mitchell                         Sun City Fire Department, Arizona

Chaplain Larry Modugno-President  Ventura, California

Chaplain Paul Morin                            Christian Firefighter’s Guild

Chaplain Ewing Nelson                        Abilene Fire Department, Texas

Chaplain Lester Palmer                        Albuquerque Fire Department, New Mexico

Chaplain Darrell Parker (LODD) 8/13/14   Fairbury Fire Department, Nebraska

Chaplain Donald Petree                      LaFollette Fire Department, Tennessee

Chaplain Paul Pierce                           Largo Fire Department, Florida

Chaplain Pete Rogers                          New Orleans Fire Department, Louisiana

Chaplain Bill Rucker                 Munfordville Fire Department, Kentucky

Chaplain Paul Ruzzo                           Manchester Fire Department, New Hampshire

Chaplain Frank Saveno                       Emerson, NY Fire Department

Chaplain James F. Shrock                 Goshen Fire Department. Elkhart Township FD, Middlebury FD, IN

Chaplain Jack Shell                             Grand Ledge, MI Fire Department

Chaplain Edward Sheffield                 Cincinnati, OH Fire Department

Chaplain John Sherwood                    Ventura County, CA Fire Department

Chaplain Steve Short                          Washington, DC Fire Department

Chaplain Garland Simmons                Faucette North Carolina Fire Department

Chaplain Fred Tomzik                 Norwood Park Fire Department, Illinois

Chaplain Allen Tucker                        Jasper Fire Department, Texas

Chaplain Richard Vascik                     Rossford Fire Department, Ohio

Chaplain David A. Volkert      Chatham Community Fire Department 

Chaplain George A. Walker                 Bismark Fire Department, North Dakota

Chaplain George Walker, Jr                 Corpus Christi Fire Department, Texas


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