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Fallen Brothers» Joe Vargason

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Vargason family and the Maine, New York Fire Department. Fire-Police Volunteer Joe Vargason, 69, a 22 year veteran with the Maine Fire Department, NY, died Saturday June 30, 2001. Joe was directing traffic shortly after midnight for a vehicle fire only 40 feet from his own home on Route 26, when he was struck by a pickup truck. Joe was wearing an orange vest and a yellow helmet and was using a flashlight when the accident occured. A paramedic from the department's crew worked on Joe until he could be transported to the Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, where passed away later that day. The driver of the car has been charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and second-degree manslaughter, a felony, in connection with the accident.

     Joe was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army. He was a member and Past Commander of the Maine American Legion Post #1390. He was also a member of the Veteran's Foreign Wars Major Ray H. Humphrey Post #1449, Endicott, N.Y.

     Our brother Joe is survived by his wife, Aline, and two daughters and a son-in-law. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in his memory to:

Maine Volunteer
Emergency Squad

P.O. Box 157
Maine, NY 13802

 

     Funeral services will be held 10AM Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 300 East Main Street, Endicott. Burial will be in the New Era Cemetery, New Era, PA.

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