Fireman’s Funeral

Former Hasbrouck Heights Fire Chief Artie Knobloch passed on November 18, 2006.

During visitation at Costa Memorial Home on the evening of November 21st, firefighters from area departments paid their last respects in full dress uniform. Members of the Heights Fire Department were posted throughout and the Heights Honor Guard was posted at the casket during viewing hours. A brief service was conducted by Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Joseph Pickard.

Ladder trucks from Wallington and Hasbrouck Heights were at the entrance, with Artie’s turnout-gear, “HHFD 9” displayed between them. Additionally, fire trucks from Hasbrouck Heights, Lodi, and Moonachie lined The Boulevard and Central Avenue.

At noon, November 22nd, formal services were held at Costa Memorial Home. The Department marched into the funeral home and services were led by Rev. Joseph Pickard.
The Boulevard was closed for the final tribute. At the conclusion, the Hasbrouck Heights Honor Guard, and two Ladder Company members carrying ceremonial fire axes, preceded the American Flag-draped casket exiting the funeral home. As a firefighter’s tribute, pager tones “for his final call” were broadcast at this time. The Department made their final hand salute while Pipe Sergeant Eamonn Radburn of the Bergen County Fire Fighter Pipe Band, played the bagpipes.

The casket was laid atop River Edge Company 2, white, 1962 Seagrave 900B model that was recently retired after 44 years of active service. Flowers were placed on the Heights Ladder Truck. The funeral procession was led by the Fire Chief’s SUV, Heights Ladder Truck, Wallington Ladder Truck 201, Heights Engine Two, Heights Heavy Rescue, Heights Engine One, Moonachie Engine No. 1 (retired), the River Edge Seagrave with casket, the family, and both Heights Ambulances.Hasbrouck Heights Police Department provided escort services.

The procession proceeded up The Boulevard to the Firemen’s Memorial at The Circle, returned down The Boulevard to Hamilton to pass the firehouse. As the procession passed the firehouse, the giant doors were closed as a final gesture.

Arthur H. Knobloch is survived by his wife Cathy, daughter Jennifer M., son Robert A. and his wife Gail and granddaughter Kaitlyn Marie. He was the cherished son of the late Arthur H. and Rose M. Knobloch, son-in-law of Theresa B. Gualtieri of CT, loving step grandfather of Chris, Jenn and Lisa; brother-in-law of Lisa and Jim Boff and Edward L. Pray, all of CT; uncle of Laura and Leah. Memorial contributions to the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department (248 Hamilton Avenue) or the NJ Metro Fire Photographers Association, PO Box 288, Hasbrouck Heights, 07604, would be appreciated. ###

Farewell Chief Artie Knobloch

On November 22, 2006, the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department buried one of its own with great dignity. Former Chief Arthur “Artie” Knobloch, had been a firefighter for 27 years, two in Wallington and twenty-five in Hasbrouck Heights. He was a much loved and respected part of our community and will be sorely missed.

Artie Knobloch (See The Gazette, January 2006) was born and raised in Cliffside Park.
While living in Cliffside Park, he met Cathy, his wife of 34 years. They moved to Wallington to raise their children, Robert and Jennifer. The Chief said, “I got involved in the Department while I was living in Wallington, through my neighbors who were involved in the Department. I found it a way of helping people in the town.”

In his twenty-five years on the Department in Hasbrouck Heights, Chief Knobloch had served as both Lieutenant and Captain of the Ambulance and Lieutenant and Captain of the Hook and Ladder, then as Second Assistant Chief, First Assistant Chief and then as Fire Chief. During his time serving on the Department, the Chief also worked full time as an electrician in Local 164. He was also a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division. He was a former fire inspector and the past President of the South Bergen Zone 2 Chiefs Association.

The Chief was a founding member of the New Jersey Metro Fire Photographers Association formed in 1985. The Chief had 300 pictures published and, in 2005, was named Vice-President, for a second time.

The Chief collected antique fire engines that had been used in several movies. One of the antique fire trucks was “old” HHFD Engine One (a 1958 B-Model Mack) that was in our town Christmas Parade for many years.

The Chief’s love of firefighting was passed down to his children, Robert, who served as Captain of our town’s Rescue Squad and his daughter, Jennifer, a former member of our Ambulance Squad.

Artie, you were a gentleman, a dad and one hell of a fireman and we were lucky to have you as a member. We will miss you at every call we make. By Justin Watrel ###

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