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    Unhappy Formum member FDNYRR passes away. Jon Thomas FDNY (ret.)

    For anyone who has been visiting the forums for a number of years might remember a regular poster on here FDNYRR.

    Saddly Jon has passed on. I am grateful for the oportunity to have known this man as he was a great motivator and friend who helped get me to where I am today.

    The arrangements are as follows:
    A good man who will be sorely missed. Godspeed to you and your family Brother...Rest in Peace.

    Jon passed away Thursday morning.


    Jon Thomas FDNY (ret. Squad 4, Rescue 2, Rescue 5)

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    Mass of Memoriam

    Tuesday 3/21 at 9:45
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    Jon is on the Far Right in this photo of Rescue 2 in Ft. Green in 1978.
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    Sorry for your loss Head and the loss of Jon's family. RIP Jon, you helped a great Jake at FDNY (FFFred). Stay safe K.T. and thanks for the post.

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    As mostly a lurker on these boards for a half-dozen years or so, I always admired FDNYRR's posts and had noticed his absence in recent years. Can you give more of a bio on him? His career with FDNY, his age, how he died. I think a lot of guys (including myself) would like to know more. My sincere condolences.

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    I just asked someone within the last couple of days if they knew how Jon was doing. Truly one of the most stand up guys I've ever had the opportunity to talk to.

    His family and friends are truly in my thoughts, and my condolences offered for their loss.
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    I met Jon at Jeremy's during the first "convocation of crust" after the FDNY Memorial in 2002.

    Even though I had just met him, I felt that I knew him all of my life.

    Rest in peace, Brother Jon, Rest in peace.

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    God Bless, and Rest In Peace, Brother. . .

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    Rest in peace Brother Jon.

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    I am truly sorry to hear about this. Slowly but surely we are losing members from the greatest generation of firefighters the world had/has ever seen.
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    God Speed Sir
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    Rest In Peace Jon ..Forever My Brother and My GOD Bless you and your Family...

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    My Deepest Sympathies, Rest in Peace Bruv.
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    My deepest condolences to the FDNY, and the family and friends of Jon Thomas on your loss.

    Rest in peace Jon.




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    RIP in Heaven brother....

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    God bless him and his family.

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    My sincere condolences to his family and friends for the great loss.

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    I to met Jon at the first gathering of Crusties. Incidentally that was when the rumor of your entering the FDNY was started FFFred. I would like to extend my condolences to Jon's wife, and Jons brothers with the FDNY and SOC.
    RIP Jon.
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    Say Hello to the boys Jon.

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    RIP brother well done.

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    The following is from Don Van Holts site www.nyfd.com It is a story in Jon's own words.Kitchen Stories



    Great Expectations!!!
    During the early seventies, NYC found itself in the midst of a Sanitation Dept. Strike. As usual during these days, any reason was good enough for our local residents to go out and barricade the streets, cause disturbances, and just raise hell in general! It was a harrowing day for the FDNY, avoiding the barricades, responding to fires, and multiple False Alarms. I was the MPO (Motor Pump Oper) for Sq Co-4 that day, and we were returning from a 2nd alarm located at Dumont and Georgia Ave's when the Box was transmitted for Pitkin Ave and Christopher ST. E 231/L120 normally first due were still at the aforementioned job, we were ecstatic, a block away we'd surely be first due. First due we--were, and quite alone. We pulled up to the Fire Bldg., a three story frame attached to five similar bldgs. Luckily Sq-4 manned a Pumper than (experiment at the time-later all Sq Cos. were given Pumpers) and a true miracle ensued, a working hydrant right in front of the Fire Building. This was a good thing too, due to the fact that all three stories were fully involved, front to rear. As the boys went to work stretching and attempting to push in, I did my thing with the Pumps. Subsequently, we won, or ran out of buildings, I don't care to remember which. Help was a long time in getting there, or so it seemed and the Devil proceeded to do it's thing. First the Plastic Lens on the lights of the Pumper went, followed closely by the melting of the Canvas Cover. The two Tires on the Fire side deflated and the Officers window blew, while under the protection of an inch and a half, Black Snake, I merrily creeped and crawled to the Pumps and back, (a lot quicker on the back-part). Ultimately the Job went to a Fourth, but we were high, "Did some job, considering we were alone most of the time", or so I thought! About the time I figured we were going to get a good old FDNY-ATTA-BOY, I felt this very icy chill on my neck. Now considering I was roasting for the last three hours this was quite a strange feeling. I turned and there in all His Majesty was than Chief of Dept. John T. O'Hagen, his lips were curled up like a Demon, and his stare at first the remains of the Rig, then me, said very distinctly, "Your Lucky You Have A Job!" All in all it was an exciting day, but,---so much for Great Expectations

    Jon P. Thomas--Ret.-Sq4/R2/R5

    RIP Jon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DetroitFF
    I always admired FDNYRR's posts and had noticed his absence in recent years.
    Same here. Thanks for sharing all this information guys. My condolences to all who knew Jon.
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    I wondered what happened to him and now I know ............Rest in Peace. For the good members of the FDNY I am sorry for your loss.

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    RIP Bro, Say hello to the brothers for me.
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    RIP Jon. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.
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