NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – John "Jack" Williams, president emeritus of the New Rochelle firefighters union, died July 26. He was 77.
Williams was president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association during 12 of his 21 years with the New Rochelle Fire Department. He received several civic and achievement awards during his tenure, including three departmental citations.
In 1970, Williams received the Thomas Carrigan Award, the highest award given to a firefighter, for rescuing a child from a fire. He was the co-chairman of the Fifth District Firefighters Burn Center Committee and the first firefighter ever appointed to the Westchester County Labor Advisory Board.
In his youth, Williams was an avid bowler and baseball player, playing on Uniformed Firefighters Association championship teams in the '60s and '70s.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; a son, Jack; a daughter-in-law, Debi; a brother, Jim; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Ellie.
A memorial service will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel in New Rochelle.