On August 25, 1982 Papa Joe Ezzo died in the line of duty serving his community. The Riverdale Fire Department and the Borough of Riverdale lost a dedicated citizen and a good firefighter.
Papa Joe Ezzo was a member of the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department for 44 years. He attained the rank of Captain. He was the first in a long line of firefighters from his family. His sons Patrick and Joe were Riverdale firefighters, and his nephew Jim Regeling is currently a member and was a Past Chief.
It was a Wednesday in August 1982. Just 4 days after the Riverdale Fire Department celebrated it's 75th anniversary by hosing a parade. The alarm came in at xx:xx for the report of a structure fire. Papa Joe responded alone in the fire department tanker. Just as he left the firehouse and crossed over the railroad tracks he knew something was wrong. He was able to pull the tanker off to the side of the road just before Munn Ave and avoid injuring anyone else. He passed away behind the wheel at the intersection of Post Lane and Munn Ave.
On August 25th 2007 the 25th anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of Joe Ezzo the Riverdale Fire Department hosted a memorial service. The Borough dedicated a lamp post in his honor. Click on the link below for some pictures.
On August 25, 2013 Thirty-one years after his death the Borough of Riverdale dedicated Post ln. in honor of Captain Joe Ezzo. Click on the link below and scroll down to the section for the Street dedication.
His memory is still in our hearts
Tribute to Papa Joe Ezzo