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With great sadness, Slingerlands FD past chief and fire commissioner, John “Father” Flanigan, passed away on August 21st at the age of 83. John was born and raised in Slingerlands, NY and spent his entire life here. He worked for the Town of Bethlehem for 41 years from 1968 to 2009 with a majority of that time as the Building Inspector and Fire Marshal. John “Father” Flanigan was a member of the Slingerlands Fire Department for more than 60-years and held multiple positions in the department, including Chief and past Commissioner. John also held multiple other positions throughout the Town of Bethlehem, New Scotland and New York State, including Past President of the New York State Building Officials, Past President of the Association of Towns, Committee Member of the International Codes Council. He was currently serving on the New York State Codes Council. There are so many other boards and committees that John served on over the years, I could not possibly list them all. John
touched a lot of people in his lifetime and on Saturday, August 26th, family members, friends, firefighters, police officers, EMS, and members of the community came out to celebrate his life and accomplishments. With the passing of a great person that has touched so many lives, we don’t mourn the loss of a person, we instead celebrate that person’s life with each other.
Firefighters from multiple departments lined both sides of the road outside of the Slingerlands FD and paid their respects to a man that has touched their lives. Members of the department talked about how every year, John played Santa for the department's community holiday party and how multiple members looked at him as their own grandfather. Everyone shared stories about all the great things John did for the community. Chief, you have served this great community for over 60 years and you will be truly missed. Rest easy, we will take it from here.
- JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER