Lacey: We regret to announce the unfortunate passing of Chief John Szafranski III. Chief Szafranski started with LHFD in November, 1982 after moving to town from Pt Pleasant Beach, where he was a Exempt Member of the Ocean Fire Co. While John was a member of LHFD, he held numerous Executive and Line Officer positions and ultimately fulfilled the rank of Chief of the Department from 1996 through 1997 and again from 2016 through 2019. Chief Szafranski was instrumental in the start of our Junior Firefighter program as well as our Fire Prevention program. Chief Szafranski was also well involved in many other committees during his tenure, as well as an instructor at the Ocean County Fire Academy.
Chief Szafranski was always a voice of reason, a wealth of knowledge, a mentor and someone that anyone could and would confide in.
The passing of Chief Szafranski will undoubtedly leave a big void in the hearts of many. Chief, rest easy knowing that your work here is done and that we’ll take it from here. May you never be forgotten!!
Viewing….Monday 11/2, 3-7p at Riggs’s Funeral Home, Forked River. Fireman’s Service at 6p
Funeral….Tuesday 11/3, 10a at St Pius Church, Forked River.