The Officers and members of the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department honor their members for their years of dedicated service and sacrifice to the department and the Village of Dobbs Ferry.

Fifty years ago, December 1, 1964 The Dobbs Ferry Fire department had its only LINE OF DUTY DEATH.

Firefighter Joseph Beattie, a member of the Ogden Engine Company died while operating at a fire on Bramley Lane.


Tuesday, December 1, 1964 8:05PM

Call from Mr. Ulman, 8 Bramley Lane, reporting a fire in one of the houses under construction, sounded alarm 4-1-1. All companies responded. Received a call via radio from Car 5 requesting ambulance for a fireman. Called ambulance crew who responded and took above fireman to emergency room, Dobbs Ferry Hospital. Officer Sheridan accompanied ambulance to the Dobbs Ferry Hospital and he reports as follows: Joseph T Beattie, D.O.B. 11-3-1917 of 120 North Field Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY, a volunteer fireman with Ogden Engine Co.#1, while at scene of fire went into the building carrying a co2 tank. Upon leaving building and returning equipment to Engine #47 (Ogden Pumper) collapsed and struck chin on left rear corner of running board and fell face down in roadway. With aid of firemen turned Beattie over and gave first aid to fireman Beattie. Mouth to mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage also using resuscitator.

Joseph Beattie removed to Dobbs Ferry Hospital by ambulance Corp. and pronounced dead on arrival by Doctor Schwartz at 8:30PM, a resident physician at said hospital. Went to Sacred Heart Rectory and transported Father Catao to Hospital where he administered
The Last Rites of the Church to Joseph Beattie.

(Officer Sheridan--Sgt Perkins)

The Herald Statesman Wednesday, December 2, 1964

Volunteer Collapses, Dies Answering Call

Dobbs Ferry - A volunteer fireman responding to an 8:05PM alarm yesterday suffered an apparent heart attack and was taken to Dobbs Ferry Hospital by the Volunteer ambulance corps. and was pronounced dead. The victim was Fireman Joseph T Beattie, 43, a member of Ogden Engine Co. He lived at 120 North Field Avenue.

Mr. Beattie was a regional sales representative of the Canada Dry Co. and moved to Dobbs Ferry two years ago.

When the alarm sounded, Mr. Beattie responded in his own car to a residence under construction on Bramley Lane in the Hickory Hill section. Upon alighting, he joined other firemen and was seen to collapse almost immediately. Firemen used a resuscitator and additional first aid was given by members of the ambulance corps.

The fire did no damage to the house which is being built by Golio Construction Co. It was smoke and burning embers in a portable heater that alarmed a resident
in the area and provoked the fire alarm. Fire Chief John Yozzo and three companies of firemen were at the scene.