PATERSON, NJ- When the Paterson Fire Department gathers on Sunday for their annual memorial service to honor fallen members a new name will be added to the list that last year stood at 28.
However, the additional death didn’t occur in the past 12 months, but rather in 1938.
On July 11 of that year Paterson firefighters, including Edward Moore, responded to a blaze at the former Wright Aeronautical Plant where the 37-year veteran of the department died from a heart attack while attempting to attach a fire hose to a hydrant.
While the manner of Moore’s death was only recently discovered through the research of Thomas Dayspring, the department’s unofficial historian, it is, according to Captain Mike Trommelen, no less significant when it comes to remembering those they have lost.
“Firefighter Moore, like 28 of his brothers, gave his life protecting the residents of Paterson,” Trommelen told TAPinto Paterson. “For us it doesn’t matter if it happened yesterday, last year, or decades ago, the death of a fallen firefighter is never forgotten.”
Records were kept differently when Moore served, and at the time his loss may not have been considered to have been in the “line of duty” Trommelen continued.
“The paperwork is irrelevant, Moore will be recognized forever as having paid the ultimate price in his service to the community.”
The service will begin at 9:00 a.m. and be held at Paterson Fire Headquarters, 300 McBride Avenue. All are welcome to attend.