Town­ship mourns loss of ex-fire chief

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The Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company is mourn­ing the loss of one of their own.

For­mer Fire Chief John T. Mo­ran Sr. died Tues­day at age 71. Mo­ran served the fire company for 53 years, in­clud­ing 20 years as its chief. He was still an ac­tive mem­ber of the vol­un­teer fire company, serv­ing as an as­sis­tant en­gi­neer at the time of his death.

Mo­ran called 911 from Pen­ny­packer Mills his­toric site at 9:30 a.m. Mon­day to re­port that he wasn’t feel­ing well and col­lapsed a short time later. He was trans­ported to Ein­stein Med­i­cal Cen­ter Mont­gomery, but first re­spon­ders andmed­i­cal staff at Ein­stein were un­able to re­vive him.

Mo­ran had an­swered two calls with the Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company in the pre­vi­ous 24 hours.

“Vol­un­teers come and go but John Mo­ran Sr. ded­i­cate his life

to this fire company and the com­mu­nity,” said Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company Pres­i­dent Brad Bon­ner, who has worked along­side Mo­ran for the past 25 years. “He’s the heart of this fire company.”

Bon­ner said Mo­ran set an ex­am­ple for younger fire­fight­ers to fol­low.

“He was the first one in the truck when a call came in,” Bon­ner said. “He had tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence and shared it with every­one. If you needed some­thing, he’d drop what­ever he was do­ing and help you.”

Bon­ner said his in­tro­duc­tion to Mo­ran came when Mo­ran re­sponded to a fire at Bon­ner’s house 25 years ago.

“Peo­ple don’t re­al­ize how much vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers sac­ri­fice,” Bon­ner said. “They re­spond to calls at all hours. They get home to cold din­ners. But John was so ded­i­cated to his com­mu­nity and he did it for 53 years.”

Mo­ran’s two sons and his daugh­ter fol­lowed in their dad’s foot­steps and be­came first re­spon­ders them­selves, ac­cord­ing to Bon­ner.

The fire company posted a no­tice on its web­site an­nounc­ing “with deep re­gret” the “Line of Duty Death of John Mo­ran Sr.”

In ad­di­tion to his lead­er­ship roles with the Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company, Mo­ran also served Perkiomen Town­ship as its fire mar­shal for the last 15 years.

He was the for­mer fire chief from 1982 to 2001, and served most re­cently as as­sis­tant en­gi­neer. He also served as a fire company trus­tee and was pres­i­dent of the Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company Re­lief As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mo­ran worked for Perkiomen Town­ship, be­gin­ning in 1981 as the roads su­per­vi­sor, and had been the town­ship fire­mar­shal since 2001. He also served as the town­ship’s as­sis­tant emer­gency man­age­ment co­or­di­na­tor.

Mo­ran was a Viet­nam War vet­eran who served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967.

A res­i­dent of Perkiomen Town­ship, Mo­ran is sur­vived by his wife of 49 years, Geral­dine; his sons, John Jr. and wife Amanda; Kevin and wife Brandi; daugh­ter Colleen and hus­band Kevin; and four grand­chil­dren, Ja­cob, Alex, Dy­lan and Brody.

Call­ing hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 2, at Saint Eleanor Ro­man Catholic Church, 647 Lo­cust St., Col­legeville, with a fu­neral Mass to fol­low and pro­ces­sion to his final rest­ing place at Lim­er­ick Gar­den of Mem­o­ries, 44 Swamp Pike, Lim­er­ick.

The fam­ily asks that do­na­tions in Mo­ran’s mem­ory be made to the Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company, 485 Gravel Pike, Grater­ford, PA 19426.


John Mo­ran Sr. served the Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company for more than 50years, in­clud­ing 20years as fire chief.


John T. Mo­ran Sr. was a fix­ture at the Perkiomen Town­ship Fire Company for more than 50years.

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