Saegertown Bids Farewell To “The Chief”

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Crawford County First Responders turned out this morning to honor Retired Fire Chief Joseph McDonough, who had served the Saegertown Fire Department and the Saegertown community for 70 years with 25 of those years as Fire Chief. Chief McDonough passed away Wednesday at the age of 88.

Prior to his retirement, Chief McDonough was a leader in founding the Crawford-Venango Counties Fire School that has trained over 6000 Firefighters over the years. For many years, it was the only local training available to the county volunteer fire departments. McDonough was also a businessman, having sold fire apparatus at Pennsylvania Fire Equipment, and was a business partner in Fame Manufacturing in Saegertown. 

Chief McDonough answered his final alarm aboard Saegertown’s 1927 fire engine. 

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