Roland Swartz passed away on June 7th, 2006 after a battle with cancer. Roland was a driving force in making the St. Johnsville Fire Department what it is today. His hard work, dedication and compassion will stand as a reminder for all who knew and loved him. Roland was a man who can never be replaced, we can only strive to follow his example and carry on his legacy.
Roland became a member of the St. Johnsville Fire Department in May of 1944. In his 62 years of service to the Fire Department, Roland served as Assistant Chief, Fire Councilman, and Treasurer.
We will all miss Roland, a true Friend, a true Man, a true Firefighter.
The funeral procession passes under crossed ladders in honor of Roland
The Fire Department Color Guard leads the funeral procession to St. Patricks Catholic Church
A Salute for an Honored Firefighter and Friend
Roland is laid to rest near Past Fire Chief Edward Swartz, Firefighter Anthony Carrol, and Firefighter Gary Weaver
St. Johnsville Firefighter / Piper Bill Ryan plays Amazing Grace as Roland is taken from the Church
Fire Department Pawl Bearers guard the hearse on its way to the Church
Rolands family and the St. Johnsville Fire Department would like to thank the Fort Plain Fire Department, South Minden Fire Department, Canajoharie Fire Department, Fultonville Fire Department, Fort Johnson Fire Department, Caroga Lake Fire Department and Montgomery County Fire Coordinator Gary Nestle for helping us honor Roland with a funeral procession of Fire Apparatus. You will always have a special place in our hearts.