Fire Service Mourns Loss of Legend, Leader Hal Bruno

Bruno was a firefighter for more than 60 years, an original columnist for Firehouse magazine and the chairman emeritus of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.


Many in the fire service recognized Bruno for his work on behalf of the fire service and he was honored with many awards over the years. Among them were the National Fire & Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders Award which he received in October; the Congressional Fire Services Institute Board of Directors recipient of the 2008 CFSI/Motorola Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award

In 1999 he received the "President's Award" from the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was named "Fire Service Person of the Year" by the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1995 and in 2009 he received the Fire Buff of the Year Award from the International Fire Buff Associates. He is also a 2008 inductee of the Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame.

Dave Statter, the public relations person for the NFFF said early this morning that Bruno was a “friend to all firefighters” and “a truly remarkable man.” Statter said he had the delight to interview Bruno during the NFFF memorial weekend in 2009 and he’s pleased that he filmed it to share with others.

In that video, Bruno recalled his work with NFFF and how the memorial has evolved. He recalled how the first few were just small gatherings on the grounds and how they became much larger and attracting Presidents of the United States on occasions.

“It would [become] a source of comfort for the families,” Bruno said in the 2009 interview. “That was the intent and everything we did was for the families.”

Bruno’s family include his wife Meg, two sons, Harold and Daniel and their wives Brenda and Susan, four grandchildren and his sister Barbara.

And one million career and volunteer firefighters from coast to coast who are all part of the greater family of the fire service.

Funeral services are expected to be announced today and Firehouse.com will announce them as soon as they become available. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has posted a tribute to Bruno on its web site and it too will announce services when they are available.