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Rockland County Mourns the Loss of John Kryger, Veteran Public Safety Figure and Beloved Fire Coordinator

In the early hours of Monday, the community mourned the loss of John Kryger, a revered figure in the fire service and a cherished member of two families: his own kin and the brotherhood of firefighters. Kryger, a retired firefighter from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and a dedicated volunteer within the Rockland County fire service, passed away at the age of 81.

Kryger’s illustrious career in firefighting began in 1965, serving in various capacities across Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. His dedication saw him through roles in four ladder companies and two engine companies, marking a journey filled with bravery and commitment. His tenure with the FDNY also included a pivotal role in the News Service Division, where he served the New York City press corps, bridging vital communication between city officials and the media during emergencies.

Beyond his service in New York City, Kryger’s impact was profoundly felt in Rockland County. Joining the Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association in 1975, he became a life member and took on significant roles, including serving on the board of directors and acting as the corresponding secretary since 2009. His leadership extended to the Rockland County Fire Chiefs’ Association, where he was an honorary life member, and the Firefighter’s Association of the State of New York.

Kryger was also known for his educational contributions, developing courses in crucial areas such as structural collapse, ventilation, and firefighter safety. His dedication to fire safety education was evident through his work as a county and state instructor and his impactful series “Fire’s Deadly Rage” which earned recognition for its investigative depth into fire safety issues.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Kryger was a family man, sharing 61 years of marriage with his wife Susanne. Together, they raised four children, Steven, David, Andrew, and Patricia, and delighted in the achievements of their ten grandchildren. His legacy as a firefighter, instructor, writer, and family patriarch leaves an indelible mark on both his blood relatives and his extensive fire service family.

Kryger’s passing is a significant loss to the community he served with unwavering dedication and passion. His contributions to fire safety, public education, and community service will be remembered and cherished by those who knew him and those who were impacted by his work. The fire service family and his loved ones mourn the loss of a true hero, whose life’s work was dedicated to the safety and betterment of his community

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