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Fallen Brothers Honored
On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the Cicero Volunteer Fire Department will honor these three firefighters who died in the line of duty and other Cicero firefighters who have passed away over the last year. The memorial service is set for 10:00 a.m. at the Cicero Firefighters Memorial Park, located behind Station One, which is 8377 Brewerton Road.
“We don’t want these guys forgotten,” said Jon Barrett, president and past fire chief. “The biggest thing is that the public just doesn’t understand what the volunteer service does. We’re there; we do it for the community. Unfortunately, we lost three guys who were trying to help their communities for free.
The memorial service is open to the public and has been held in the park every year during Fire Prevention Week since the park was dedicated to Sharp, Crowell, and Marsh in 2000. Charles Eastwood, who served as fire chief from 1971 to 1973, had the idea in 1998 of building a memorial to honor the fallen firefighters from the department. He was appointed head of the Cicero Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Park Committee and led the renovation of the empty lot behind the station.
A 7-foot monument horning those who died in the line of duty now stands inside the park. An 8-inch-by-12-inch bronze plaque also hangs inside Station One and is dedicated to the firefighters.
“I was here when these fellow firefighters died in the line of duty and I just wanted to have something to remember them by,” said Eastwood who has been in the department for over 60 years. “As long as I’m alive, we’ll have a service each year even if there’s only a handful of people that show up, because I don’t feel like they should be forgotten.”
The service also honors members who have died within the last year and will include Doug Houmiel who served as a firefighter and fire commissioner. We will also remember Don Lewis who was also a past 23 year member and died last week Barrett said.
The service will last about 30 minutes and followed by a reception where attendees can share stories over refreshments, said Charlie Eastwood’s brother, Lew Eastwood, who was fire chief from 1978 to 1981. Marsh and Crowell died while he was chief, but he feels most responsible for Sharp’s death.
He and Sharp were best friends and had grown up together. Les Eastwood had encouraged Sharp to join the fire department as soon as he was 18. He had only been with the department for two weeks when he died fighting a farm blaze at Lakeshore Road and Route 31.
“There’s not too many of us left that knew these three individuals,” said Les Eastwood. “If we didn’t do something, nobody would know who they are. Nobody would remember them.
Memorial / Fallen Firefighters
In 1963, 18-year-old Robert Sharp was crushed by a hay elevator while fighting a barn fire two weeks after he joined the Cicero Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1978 Howard Crowell had a heart attack while responding to a fire and died when his car crashed into a telephone pole. In 1980.
Donald Marsh had a heart attack while fighting a fire and died the next day.