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Freeport Fire Department holds fundraiser for fallen members


The Freeport Fire Department has started a t-shirt sale fundraiser to help the families of Joey Giordano and Chris Loche, two members of the department’s Truck Company No. 1 who died from the coronavirus earlier this year. 

Loche, of Amityville, died on March 25. 

He was a member and former-Captain of Truck Company No. 1 for the Freeport Fire Department. Loche was also a member of the Dead End Kids Tournament Team, former Fire Council warden, and executive secretary for Fire Council for the Freeport Fire Department. He worked as a sales executive for Underwriters Laboratories. 

Giordano, of Port Jefferson Station, formerly of Freeport, died on April 13.

He had joined the fire department in 1974, going on to serve as captain of the Hose Company No. 2 from 1979-1980 and captain of the Truck Company No. 1 from 1989-1990. 

Through the Freeport Truck Company, Giordano supported the “Dead End Kinds” drill team, where he served as an assistant coach with Don Mauersberger. 

He served a long career as a New York City Police Officer. 

Giordano helped found the Dead End Kids Alumni Association to help reconnect old members and have them mentor and inspire new members. Giordano also served as president of the alumni association, as well as the Truck Company’s financial secretary, warden, Benevolent Association representative and historian.  

Loche was a father of two, and Giordano was a father of four. Both families were dependent on their fathers for help and financial support. 

To purchase the t-shirts, which commemorate Loche and Giordano’s legacy, visit the Freeport Fire Department's website at freeportfd.org/truck-company-memorial-shirt/