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Rye Fire Past Chief Wickham Dead at Age 67

Fire Chief John Wickham Rye Fire past Chief John Wickham has passed away at age 67. He served the Rye Fire department for professionally for 20 years and continued as a volunteer after his retirement in 1999. A funeral service was held Saturday at the Church of the Resurrection. Wickham was interred at Greenwood Union Cemetery.

If you have a memory to share about Chief Wickham, please post it as a comment below.

The following full report is from ryefire.com.

"By Rye Fire Department
July 16, 2009
It is with the deepest sadness that the Rye Fire Department announces the passing of Past Chief John Wickham at the age of 67.

He was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Ithaca, NY. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, he moved to Westchester and continued what would become a life's work of public service as a White Plains police officer. John's career in the fire service then started in the Hartsdale Fire District in the Town of Greenburgh, NY. He later transferred to the City of Rye Fire Department, where he served from 1979 until his retirement in 1999.

After retiring from the career fire service, John continued to serve the City of Rye as a volunteer firefighter in the Poningoe Hook and Ladder Company, where he served as 2nd Assistant Chief, 1st Assistant Chief and ultimately Chief of Department for several years.

Even while at his vacation home in Salem, Connecticut, John's love of the fire service did not take a break- he also served there as a member of the Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company. He was also a member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and the Rye Lions Club, and served on the City of Rye Traffic and Transportation Committee.

Chief Wickham is survived by his wife, Joan, his daughter Maureen and her husband Michael Cucchiara (who is also a career firefighter in the City of Rye) and their two children Brian and Kevin, and his daughter Elizabeth Wickham Brooke and her son Christopher."


  1. Regular Joe,
    The only reason this is up here is because you embarrassed MyRye. Had you not said something this would have never of taken place. Good for you, and yes a little late, but J.Wickham is still deaserving.
    And I agree… Shame on MyRye.

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