Tribute to Papa Joe Ezzo

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Tragic events of August 25th 1982

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's National Fallen Firefighters Memorial




Papa Joe's Service to the Riverdale Fire Department


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.


News Accounts of Pappa Joe's Death

Local Newspapers covered the death and funeral.

The Funeral                     Additional Funeral Story               Trends Editorial           Morris County Proclamation

Riverdale Memorial Service

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.

Town Dedicates a Street to Papa Joe

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.

National Memorial Service

Pappa Joe Ezzo was honored on October 7th in Emmitsberg Md. and his name was added to the National Monument. President Bush greeted his sister Filomena Franco and her husband Nick.
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