VICTOR, N.Y. (WROC) — A funeral service for Andy Stromfeld, the former Chief of the Fishers Fire District took place on Friday.
The service was held at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford.
Stromfeld was a New York City Police Officer and on September 11, 2001, was helping rescue people from Tower Two when it collapsed. Stromfeld survived and then moved upstate in 2006, helping to eventually lead the volunteer fire department in Fishers.
Stromfeld lost his battle last month with 9/11- related throat and lung cancers. Friends say he had a distinguished career with NYPD Emergency Services where he helped save lives in the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2006 with his family, he made his way upstate to the Fishers Fire District where he served as Chief from 2012 to 2018.
“He quickly found our fire department and became a very active and integral part of our operations,” says Chief Daniel Chapman, Fishers Fire District.
Chapman learned from Stromfeld, and says he’ll miss his dedication to tradition, and the help he offered fellow firefighters.
“Today it’s going to take a little while to sink in this event,” he says.
Chapman says Stromfeld still talked about the thousands who perished in the 9/11 terror attacks. As a firefighter, Chapman says Stromfeld knew the risks—- and signed up it. Those showing up for work that morning… did not.
“Even to this day, his bravery was more sorrow for the people who didn’t sign up to die,” he says.
Chapman says 14,000 first responders have passed away so far from cancer-related illnesses related to 9/11. He says every day, we lose more and more.
“I think that message gets lost. And that’s why we want to make sure we honor Andy.”
“You tend to see a tremendous amount of support through the Fire service here,” says Canandaigua City Fire Chief Frank Magnera, who served and trained with Stromfeld over the years. He says he was a stand-up gentleman and firefighter.
“He was a very good guy to know. Very passionate about the fire service as well as law enforcement.”
Chapman says he’ll remember Stomfeld above all as a teacher. Someone who helped instruct and prepare him for the boots he now fills.
“The best we can do is take his legacy and his teachings and move forward,” he says.