LAST ALARM HAS BEEN RUNG
RALPH N. DAY 68 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE
It is with deep regret the Friendship Fire Company announces the passing of member Ralph N. Day. Ralph Day served the Friendship Fire Company with 68 dedicated and active years. He joined the Friendship Fire Company August of 1949 and till this day Ralph still attended the annual meetings and the annual banquets along with strolling up for his credit for fire calls. Ralph was as a career firefighter for the city working for 33 years before retiring in May 1986 and was a volunteer for 34 plus years serving under 13 of the 23 Chiefs in the department. The fondest memories the young members have of Ralph would be just listening to his stories of his past, and arguing with his longtime friend Jimmy Neal. Keeping a smile on the member’s faces is was Ralph did best. Ralph was at the largest fire recorded in Gloucester County being the Belbur Trunk Fire (now Woodbury Mews). Ralph is the oldest and the longest active member in the Friendship Fire Company till this day. Ralph also had a proclamation made out when he hit his 60 years of service, handed out by The Mayor of Woodbury (scroll down to read proclamation). The members of the Friendship Fire Company and the Woodbury Fire Department express our sympathy to his wife Peggy who has been by his side every step of the way and the rest of his family.
Whereas, Ralph Day, as a young resident in the City of Woodbury, after seeing that the could best serve his community as a volunteer firefighter, and
Whereas, Ralph Day officially joined the Friendship Fire Company of Woodbury, NJ, on August 8th, 1945, so that he could better serve his fellow residents, and
Whereas, after serving as a volunteer for many years Ralph Day was selected to become a member of the paid staff of professional firefighters in the City, and
Whereas, after serving in that capacity for over 30 years Ralph Day continued his service as a volunteer attaining a total of 60 years of active service, and
Whereas, due to his hard work, dedication, and the example of civic and professional leadership he has shown, I hearby do proclaim that tomorrow, March 14, 2009 be known as Ralph Day Day in the City of Woodbury, and that this event and his accomplishments be recorded forever in the official history in the city.
In witness whereof, I have set my hand and caused the seal of the City of Woodbury, County of Gloucester, State of New Jersey to be affixed this 13th day of March 2009
Robert A. Curtis
Mayor, City of Woodbury