We remember Past Asst. Chief Kevin Swan, whom we lost in a line-of-duty death in 2010, 10 years ago today.
Kevin died March 10, 2010, after suffering a heart attack while responding to a call. He was the captain of the Beacon Hose Fire Police at the time. He was a member of our department for nearly 50 years, during which time he served as assistant chief and an active member of our area’s two major chiefs’ associations.
Beacon Hose bestowed full honors upon Kevin’s passing, including a funeral procession down Main Street led by our 1929 Seagrave.
Among those who remembered Kevin in various news articles at the time included longtime department volunteers Jeremy Rodorigo and Doug Bousquet.
Rodorigo: “Kevin cared very deeply about the fire service. When you joined the fire department, you didn’t just become a firefighter — you became part of the family‚ and he wanted you to know all about the tradition. He wanted you to know that you were never alone from this point forward. Part of his generosity was‚ once you were taken into the department‚ he treated you like family.”
More from Rodorigo: “I remember people saying, ‘If you want to learn how to drive fire apparatus and learn to pump these things like an expert‚ you really need to talk to Swan. He knows this equipment inside and out.’ He was an old-school firefighter. Tough as nails‚ never afraid, and one inclined first to grab a hose. While we were busy checking and making sure our air packs and hoods were on just right‚ Kevin was already ten paces in front of us with a hose‚ getting at the fire.”
Bousquet: “There are really no words for Kevin. I got to know him when I first joined the department‚ and I was a little intimidated by him‚ but in a good way. I learned a lot from him. He was a good leader and a good teacher. To me‚ he was like a father figure.”
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We are also happy to present for the first time a video package from the 2011 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial ceremony, which several Beacon Hose members attended to support the honoring of Kevin’s memory with his family.
Finally, Beacon Hose Chief Jim Trzaski shared these words of remembrance for Kevin Swan on the anniversary in 2016.
“It’s hard to believe that it was six years ago today that we lost a good friend and a devoted member, past Asst. Chief Kevin Swan. While responding to a report of a structure fire, Kevin signed onto the radio and suffered a heart attack in his vehicle. He never made it to the incident.
Asst. Chief Swan was active in all facets of our department. In his early days, Kevin was very progressive with training — particularly with fire pumps. Today, we remember Kevin and his family that he has left behind. I mostly remember the passion Kevin displayed for the fire service — and his contagious laugh. Rest in peace, brother.”