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    Default Dep. Chief Ed Jordan, ACFD

    Damn. ACFD lost a piece of history.
    http://www.nbc40.net/view_story.php?id=4526

    ATLANTIC CITY--A house fire in Atlantic City claims the life of one of the state's oldest firefighters. Members of the city's fire department say the former deputy chief is gone, but certainly not forgotten.

    When Atlantic City firefighters arrived on the scene of a house fire on Michigan Avenue last night, they made the grim discovery of one of their own in an upstairs bedroom. "He saved people's lives," said Mayor Scott Evans, "the unfortunate irony of the situation is he passed in the arms of his brother firefighters."

    101 year-old Ed Jordan was the third oldest firefighter in the state, the sixth oldest in the country. With a long record of public service, he started as a police officer in Atlantic City before serving the fire department for 41 years. Retiring as a deputy chief, he was injured 48 times in-the-line-of-duty. "He had commanded, personally, over 200 fires in his career," said Chief Brooks, "he became somewhat of a celebrity in the Atlantic City Fire Department."

    Seen in file footage celebrating his 100th birthday, Jordan was sharp as a tack and never lost his wit. "I enjoy good health," said Jordan in 2006, "and do you want to know my secret? good beer and bad women."

    "He was a good old guy," said Catherine Jordan, his ex-daughter-in-law, "I was devastated this morning." Family members are still having trouble coping with the loss of a man who's spirit was larger than life, "He'll be talked about for years. He was tough, but I'll tell you, he was a good chief and a good fireman."

    "His mind was sharp at 101 years old," said Chief Brooks, "it's just, in the end, his body failed him, and he couldn't get out of the smoke."

    Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, although they believe it started in the basement and quickly moved up to the second floor. They say there were smoke detectors with batteries in the house, but it's unknown if they were in working condition. "You only have two minutes from the time a smoke detector operates to get out of the building," said Chief Brooks, "so it would've taken him a lot longer at his age."

    Fire officials say while Chief Jordan is gone, his memory will live on forever in their department.

    The city will honor Chief Jordan with a full firefighters funeral Saturday. A viewing will be held Friday night. ops: :cry:
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    Sad....

    Sounds like a guy I would have loved to sit down and share a 6 pack with talking about the good ole days.

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    Rest in peace, Chief. Take up, we got it from here.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    "I enjoy good health," said Jordan in 2006, "and do you want to know my secret? good beer and bad women."

    I love that quote; rest in peace Chief.

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    More from http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/t...-7438193c.html

    Atlantic City Fire Dept. mourns retired commander, 101, killed in blaze
    By LYNDA COHEN Staff Writer, 609-272-7257
    Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    Ed Jordan, 101, was found dead in the second-story bedroom of an Atlantic City home destroyed by fire on Monday. Jordan began his public service with Atlantic City on the Police Department in the 1920s, then transferred to the city's Fire Department, where he later retired a deputy chief.
    photo provided by Atlantic City fire officials
    ATLANTIC CITY - Former Fire Chief John Bereheiko just shook his head as he stood across the street looking at the remains of the two-story home Tuesday.

    "It broke my heart last night when I found out a firefighter died in a fire," he said.

    As investigators searched for clues to what started the Monday evening blaze, the department's new leaders fondly remembered the man who had saved hundreds from fires, only to perish in one at the age of 101.

    Ed Jordan served on the department nearly 40 years, after more than 10 years as a police officer. He was commander at more than 200 fires, suffered 48 injuries on the job and "in the end, was carried out by the brothers he loved so much," Fire Chief Dennis Brooks said Tuesday.

    "This is a tragic event," said Mayor Scott Evans, currently on leave from his job with the department. Jordan worked with Evans' great-great grandfather.

    When firefighters arrived on the scene Monday shortly after the call came in at 7:38 p.m., the second-floor was already filled with smoke, Battalion Chief Michael Mooney said.

    Engine 2 was bringing in a hose line when they found Jordan in the second-story bedroom, Mooney said. Jordan was pronounced dead at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, but fire officials said he died at the scene.

    "Everything's just so ironic," said Jordan's grandson Charles, also a retired firefighter. "A man who gave his life to the Fire Department during the early part of the years when it was like nothing, then to be captured in a fire and die in the arms of firefighters."

    Charles, 52, learned a love of fire service from his grandfather. He grew up across the street from the now-closed Pennsylvania Avenue fire station. He and his parents lived on the first floor; his grandfather lived downstairs.

    "I think we all at one point went through the Pennsylvania Avenue station," Charles said.

    One day, when he was about 5, Charles was looking out his grandfather's window at that station when he saw billowing black smoke across the way. A hotel was on fire.

    Ed Jordan "was calling it in as I was saying, 'Grandpop, look,'" Charles said.

    Fire service became the family business. Both of Ed's sons - Edward and Donald - were firefighters. Donald retired after he was injured falling off a ladder.

    When Charles became an Atlantic City firefighter, there were five Jordans, he said. He joined his father, Uncle Donald and several cousins. Another part of the family, the Fetters, was also represented. Matthew Jordan, Ed's nephew, is the only current family member serving on the city's department.

    "Why us Jordans all did it, I don't know," Charles said. "It's just something in our genes, I guess."

    The gene was passed on by Ed Jordan, who continued to share his fire stories with the younger generation nearly 40 years after his 1971 retirement.

    Brooks said his daughter, Taylor, 11, loved Jordan's stories.

    "He had a really strong recollection," Brooks said. "He remembered it all, even the color of the smoke."

    On July 2, 2006, the Fire Department celebrated Jordan's 100th birthday.

    Just entering the fire station took years off, Mooney said. "He strolled in there like he was 70 years old."

    "You never stop being a fireman," said Charles, who retired in 1989 after he fell from a 35-foot ladder.

    Ed Jordan never did, sharing his stories and advise with younger firefighters.

    "They called him Easy Ed Jordan," Mooney said.

    "And he wasn't easy," Mooney, Brooks and Bereheiko said in unison.

    "It was either his way or the highway," Charles Jordan said of the reason behind his grandfather's nickname. "He was always barking orders.

    "He'd probably have been barking orders last night," he added with a chuckle. "'Now bring the line in this way, kid.'"

    But Jordan's life didn't end Monday, Mooney said. "He's going to live on in the memory of our department."

    Brooks has ordered a full firefighter's funeral. As per Jordan's wishes, they will make sure he's dressed in uniform.

    A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Gormley Funeral Home, 2706 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City. The funeral will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

    To e-mail Lynda Cohen at The Press:

    LCohen@pressofac.com

    ED JORDAN'S

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    1920: Jordan joined the Atlantic City Police Department.

    1934: Transferred to the city's Fire Department.

    1948: Promoted to captain.

    1954: Promoted to battalion chief.

    1960: Became deputy chief. During the next 11 years he also served as acting chief, including six months in 1967 when the fire chief was hospitalized.

    (Due to Jordan's long-ago service, some dates may be approximate.)
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