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L1636 Member's Family Suffers House Fire
One week ago on June 18th, Afton Lathigee, the daughter of Rochester Airport Firefighter and Local 1636 Sergeant-at-Arms Bob Blank experienced a garage fire that extended into the living areas of the house. Thankfully, all of the family members that were home were able to self-evacuate and were not injured, however, the home suffered extensive damage. Adding insult to injury, the house was broken into following the fire and many salvageable belongings were stolen leaving the family with almos...

Airport Firefighters Thank M&T Bank For Assisting MDA Fundraising Efforts
Rochester, NY, February 15, 2021 - The Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1636 would like to publicly acknowledge the support rendered by the M&T Bank location in Gates. Located at 1955 Buffalo Rd., their assistance was vital in the tallying and transfer of funds directly to MDA. This year, our Fill the Boot collection boxes were greatly impacted by the reduction of travelers due to COVID-19 but still raised nearly $1,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Donations m...

Airport Firefighters Announce Endorsements for IAFF Elections
Rochester, NY, January 19, 2021 - The International Association of Fire Fighters has long been one of the most respected Unions in existence, earning a reputation for supporting its allies and never backing down from a fight. Over the past several years, however, actions at the top have brought the integrity of our entire organization into question and led to some negative attention from outsiders. While investigations are underway to discover and address any malfeasance, it is clear that the a...

Statement on the Passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Ziegler
As we approach the anniversary of the deadliest airliner crash in local history, the Rochester Airport Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1636 is saddened to announce the passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Ziegler. Dick is believed to be the last surviving responder to the Mohawk Airlines crash at KROC on July 2, 1963 where he was credited with saving at least a dozen lives. Dick was one of several airport mechanics that were cross-trained as a firefighter to supplement the ‘crash crew’ befo...

Airport Firefighters Association Welcomes 3 New Members
The Rochester Airport Firefighters Association welcomed 3 new members last week. Probationary Firefighters Daniel Maggio, Justin McGory, and Patrick Spear were all hired as Airport Firefighters recently, and all three made the decision to support the Union that supports them. With their commitment, our Union continues to maintain 100% membership in spite of the rhetoric that was spread around the Janus decision in 2018. The leadership of Local 1636 is proud to welcome aboard these Professional ...

Airport Firefighters Oppose Rochester Fire Department Station Closures
Fifty-six years ago today, Mohawk Airlines Flight 121 crashed upon takeoff at the Rochester Airport, killing 7 people and injuring 36 others. Airport firefighters responded immediately and were able to rescue a number of people from the aircraft with help from other airport workers and outside fire companies. To this day, it remains the worst aviation accident in local history. While many things have changed in both the firefighting and aviation industries, one thing that has not is our members...

Remembering Sam Cooper
The members of Local 1636 are saddened to hear that longtime Rochester Airport fixture Sam Cooper passed away last Friday, June 7th, at the age of 96. Mr. Cooper was a pilot in WWII before eventually serving as the Airport Manager from 1972-1989. He remained here as Public Relations Director up until a few years ago conducting airport tours and was an almost daily visitor to the firehouse. Sam witnessed many, many changes at ROC during his tenure here and was full of information about the airpo...