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Levittown Fire Department Holds Patriot Day Vigil

Chief Ronald Kerwin Remembered

On the evening of Sept. 11, the Levittown Fire Department (LFD) held their Annual Ladder One 9-11 Memorial Ceremony at the firehouse on Gardiners Avenue, remembering all of the fallen and the tragic death of Ronald T. Kerwin, a FDNY lieutenant and LFD chief.

Since the attacks on 9/11, the years have passed and there have been many new members join the LFD, who never had the honor of meeting Kerwin.

Kerwin’s personnel folder at LFD reveals that he applied for membership with the LFD on May 10, 1985. He had been a member of the Jericho Fire Department from 1983 through 1985.

Once in LFD, he was assigned to Ladder Co. #1 and was sworn in by Commissioner Peter Fishbein and welcomed by Chief Tom Brennan on July 28, 1985. Kerwin’s occupation was as a New York City firefighter.

Kerwin became very active in the Levittown department and attended as many calls and trainings as he could. He completed every course the fire academy offered including Firefighter 1, New York State EMT course, Ropes 1 and 2, Carbon Monoxide Emergencies, Ice Rescue, Department Operations and Fire Command just to state a few. Levittown also benefited from his experience and training with FDNY.

He was elected lieutenant, captain of Ladder 1, deputy chief and chief of department in 2000 and 2001. At the same time, Kerwin was promoted twice with FDNY, first as a fire marshal and then to lieutenant. He was a dedicated chief who always was concerned about the safety and the welfare of his members and their families.

But what many remember and admire most about Kerwin was his love for his wife, Dianne and their children; his family was always first.

On Sept. 11 each year, Levittown remembers the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the Trade Center, and will never forget the bravery of Lieutenant Ronald T. Kerwin. May he rest in peace.