Fire Service Coordination for Buffalo Firefighter Funerals

All firefighters and emergency personnel are asked to honor the wishes of the families of the fallen firefighters and the Buffalo Fire Department. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and concern for all those affected by this tragedy.

* NO APPARATUS at the funerals on Friday – August 28. There is very limited parking and all personnel are asked to carpool and reduce the number of vehicles as much as possible.
* All personnel are asked to assemble outside St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral at least one hour prior to each funeral.
* Class A uniform or other appropriate attire is requested.

Funeral for Lt. Charles McCarthy ONLY – Friday-August 28, 2009

* Fire Departments wishing to pay their respects to Lt. McCarthy may assemble with their apparatus at the James Cannan Funeral Home by 7:45am on Friday morning.

* This is an opportunity for a stationary display of equipment and staff to pay last respects and both will be positioned along Union Road outside the funeral home.
* PLEASE NOTE: Understand that your apparatus and personnel will not be included in the procession from the funeral home to the church.
* Directions to the funeral home can be found at:,+NY+14127
* All apparatus is asked to approach the funeral home from the south (Milestrip Road/Southwestern Blvd./Five Corners) as equipment will be directed to park facing north on Union Road.
* One representative from each participating agency is asked to contact Tiger Schmittendorf (FC-3) or Dan Neaverth (ES-14) on the Erie County F-2 (46.38) frequency or by cell phone as they approach the area of the funeral home.
* Participating agencies are asked to RSVP with number of personnel and apparatus to:

Erie County Fire Safety



Tiger Schmittendorf

Deputy Fire Coordinator



Dan Neaverth

Deputy Commissioner-EMS


Viewing: Thursday, August 27th, 2:00pm – 8:00pm

James Cannan Funeral Home

3155 Orchard Park Road

Orchard Park, NY 14127

Funeral: Friday, August 28th, @ 9:30 am

St Josephs Old Cathedral

50 Franklin Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

FF Jonathan Croom:

Viewing: Thursday, August 27th, 2:00pm -8:00 pm

Amigone Funeral Home

1132 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14209

Funeral: Friday, August 28th, @ 1:00 pm

St Josephs Old Cathedral

50 Franklin Street

Buffalo, NY 14202

A breakfast collation following each funeral will be held at HSBC Arena.

All fire service members are requested to form one hour prior to the start of each funeral, in dress uniform. Parking will be available at HSBC Arena.

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