New York Firefighter Dies in Line of Duty

Ossining Fire Chief Mauro Santucci recently announced the line of duty death of Ossining Firefighter William McAnally.

Firefighter McAnally died suddenly while marching in a fireman's parade in Yorktown on June 22, 2005. He was 64 years old.

"Mac" was born in Tarrytown on October 28, 1940 to William & Bessie Johnson McAnally. He enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating and served proudly for 4 years.

Mac married Jeanette McLean April 1, 1967. He worked at Reader's Digest for 32 years.

Mac was a communicant of St. Ann's Church where he served as an usher and Finance Chairman of the Festival Committee for many years. Mac was very active in St. Ann's School.

He was a longtime member of the Ossining Fire Department, Fire Police Rescue 14, for 41 years where he served in all ranks including Captain. He was also a Fire Commissioner and on the Building Committee for the new building.

Mac is survived by his wife Jeanette, daughters Colleen, (Alan) Jones, Janet (Edward) White, grandchildren Tanner, Braden, Grayson, Liam, Ethan, Declan and sisters Mildred Gessler, Frances (Richard) Palmer, Norma & Jackie McAnally, brother-in-law William (Gail) McLean, sisters-in-law Joan McLean, Maureen Sutherland, Ethel Shelley and many nieces and nephews and all of his Fire Department family.

Calling hours for the fire service will begin at 6:00 P .M. on Sunday June 26, 2005 at the Leach and Thomas Funeral Home, located at 32 State St. Ossining, N.Y. Fire Department Personnel are encouraged to park in the Spring and Main St. lots and walk over to the funeral home.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, June 27, 2005 at the Saint Ann's Church located on Eastern Ave, Ossining, New York. All Fire Department Personnel are asked to assemble at the Ossining High School lot located on Wolden Road, Ossining, New York. The rite of committal with full fire service honors will be held via a procession from Saint Ann's Church to the Saint Augustine's Cemetary located on Hawkes Avenue, in Ossining.

Firefighters and Police motorcycles from accross Westchester are expected to participate in the service.

Chief Santucci also requested that all department's attending PLEASE attempt to car pool or use some means of mass transportation. Any department's attending are requested to reply with an estimate as to the number of members by calling (914) 941-0215 and leave a message.

Members of the Ossining community can leave a condolence for Firefighter "MAC" McAnally on Leach & Thomas' website.