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The listings below represent the services of those men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician. Our Fallen Heroes also include military personnel who died in active service, including members of the Coast Guard, or Army Reserve.

A hero is someone who does what he or she can, despite the personal cost, when it needs to be done. Our Fallen Heroes put themselves in harm's way while protecting and serving a community, and paid the ultimate price. We are honored to be entrusted with their memory.

In this way we know that we help you to remember the courage of those who put their lives on the line defending life, liberty, and the property of others.

If the person you are looking for is not here, please enter the name of the deceased or the next of kin in the search box below and click search. You may also view current and past listings to find the name of your Fallen Hero. Names are listed alphabetically.

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Robert Hochreiter

April 05, 1927 - - August 27, 2016

Robert George Hochreiter Irondequoit: At home on August 27, 2016 at age 89 after complications from dementia. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Caroline and granddaughter Grace. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Maria, sons Charles (Lisa), Edward (Tabitha) and seven grandchildren: Jessica, Owen, Logan, Gretchen, Ritter, August and Ani. Robert is a veteran ...

Lester C. Gisiger

November 30, 1919 - - July 15, 2014

Gisiger, Lester C. Rochester: Lester Charles Gisiger passed away peacefully at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD on July 15, 2014. He was born on September 30, 1919 to Joseph and Freida Gisiger in Rochester, NY. He was a part of the greatest generation. As an employee at Gleason Works during World War II, he made the conscious decision to suspend his work release and ...

John F. Long

November 30, 1928 - - July 11, 2014

Long, John F. Brighton: and St. Augustine, FL, in Rochester July 11, 2014. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Jean, & daughter, Elizabeth Anne. He is survived by his daughter, Celinda (Donald) Townsley; son, Thomas S. (Karen) Long; grandchildren, Sarah (Michael) Drago & Joseph (Vanessa) Long; great grandchildren, Adrianna, Hayden, Nailyn & Amelia; his brother, ...

John A. Kennedy

November 30, 1931 - - July 08, 2014

Kennedy, John A. Rochester: Also of South Bend, IN on July 8, 2014.Predeceased by his parents Patrick & Delia Kennedy, his brother, Patrick Kennedy; & grandson, Colin Kennedy. Survived by his wife, Marie; 7 children, Patrick (Amanda), Martin (Laurie), Maura (Walter) Halloran of IN, John of FL, Jude (Peter) George, Matthew of Los Angeles, CA, & Deirdre (Erich) Won-Short; 24 ...

John C. Haelen

November 30, 1925 - - March 20, 2014

HAELEN, JOHN C. AMERICAN FLAG Haelen, John C. (Jess), born October 1, 1925, "Slipped the Surly Bonds of Earth" on March 20, 2014 after a short illness. During WWII he left a promising career in Eastman Kodak's color photography research lab to join what was then the Army Air Corps, where he served as a navigator. After his discharge as a 2nd Lieut., he enrolled at the Univer ...

Ray Rockcastle

November 10, 1935 - - January 09, 2014

Rockcastle, Ray Hilton: January 9, 2014. Predeceased by his son, Bruce David Rockcastle, his sister, June & her husband Bill Bradybaugh; & nephews, Kirk & Garth Rockcastle. . Ray is survived by his loving wife, Brenda & her son Michael; Ray’s sons, Troy (Lisa Scott) & Greg (Holly) Rockcastle; grandchildren, Justin & Jessica; brother, Bruce E. (Mimi) Rockcastle; nieces & n ...

William R. Balcom Sr

October 07, 1943 - - October 03, 2012

Balcom, William R. Sr. Rochester: October 3, 2012. Survived by his wife, Wyona; children, William, Jr., Dawn, Mandi, & Tammy; grandchildren, Shelise, Richard, Sahvanna, William, Alexandro, Ariel, & Angel; also brothers, sisters, nieces & nephews. William was a US Army Vietnam veteran, CSAE Union Rep., & Pure Waters retiree. Please join the family on SUNDAY from 1 – 3:30 PM ...

Kenneth L. Seely

January 29, 1921 - - August 14, 2012

Seely, Kenneth L. Rochester: August 14, 2012 at age 91. A WWII Army veteran, Ken is survived by family & friends. Memorial service SATURDAY (8/25) 2 PM Immanuel Baptist Church (815 Park Ave., 14607). Memorial contributions can be made to the Church. Online Condolences welcomed at:

James W. Nohle

August 10, 2012

Nohle, James W. Webster: August 10, 2012. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty; children, Deborah (Scot) Henderson, Michael (Kathleen) Nohle & Andrew (Deborah) Nohle; grandsons, Justin Nohle & Tyler Henderson; sister, Ruth (Wesley) Beard; many nieces & nephews. Jim was an Air Force Veteran, Scoutmaster & longtime co-owner of Nohle Refrigeration Supplies. He was a lifet ...

Robert H. Magar

January 08, 1923 - - July 20, 2012

Magar, Robert H. Rochester: July 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Anne; son, Ross (Donna) Magar; daughter, Robin (Lawrence) May; grandchildren, Dan Magar, Brian (Katie) Short, Kerry (Jesse) Carroll, & Aaron (Kristin) Short; brothers, Edward & James Magar; sisters, Betty & Alice; also nieces, nephews & cousins. Bob was a retired USPS Letter Carrier; WWII US Army veteran ...

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