Former Fire Captain Mourned

Andrew F. Alonzo (Photo courtesy Beachwood Fire Dept.)

  BEACHWOOD – It is with the deepest of sadness that the Beachwood Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member Andrew F. Alonzo who passed away peacefully at home at 99 years old.

 “Andy, or ‘Uncle Andy’ for those close to him, joined the Beachwood Fire Department in May of 1954 after briefly serving with the Ocean Gate Fire Company. Andy served as a line officer working his way up to the rank of Captain in the late 50s,” the fire department reported. “The Fire Department was truly a family affair for the Alonzos and Andy proudly served alongside of his brothers Harry and Norman, both firefighters in our department, and also his wife Marie Alonzo who was a life member of our Ladies Auxiliary Unit.”

  Harry passed away last year at the age of 88.

  “Andy was a life member of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and a long-time officer of the Beachwood Firemen’s Relief Association. A true brother to all his fellow firefighters, Andy’s smile and friendship will truly be missed. We ask all to keep the Alonzo family and friends in your thoughts during this time,” the department said. “Rest easy brother, we’ll take it from here.”