Mount Kisco Honors 65-Year Firefighter, Korean War Vet

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John Marshall Jr. (center) has been married to his wife, Eva (left), for 63 years. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
John Marshall Jr. has two children and four grandchildren. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Westchester Leiglsator Peter Harckham (center) presents John Marshall Jr. with a proclamation. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
John Marshall Jr. has served in the Independent Fire Company for 65 years. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – A family that fights fires together is together when one member gets honored.

This was the case Tuesday night when the Mount Kisco Village board honored John Marshall Jr. for his 65 years of service in the Independent Fire Company of the Mount Kisco Fire Department. His son, John III, who has served in the same department for 38 years, was present Tuesday night.

His grandsons John IV and Brian Pieragostini both presently serve.

“We grew up with it in our household,” said John III, who is also the deputy fire coordinator for Westchester County’s 16th Battalion.

John Jr. was born in 1930 in Mount Kisco and never left, a common occurrence for many families that he said makes the village unique. He graduated from Mount Kisco elementary and high schools, which were one building at the time.

Growing up, John Jr.’s father was a chief in the fire station on Maple Avenue.

“I just followed in his footsteps, my son followed in mine, my grandsons both followed. Been a fire fighting family over the years,” he said.

After high school, John Jr. served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When he returned home he joined the Mount Kisco Fire Department's Independent Fire Company in 1949. He has been married to his wife Eva, for 63 years and for 65 years to the Independent Fire Company, Mayor Michael Cindrich said.

He has served the company as captain and president, as well as Mount Kisco fire commissioner and a member of the Board of Governors.

To add on to the Marshall family’s lineage, John Jr. said his great great-grandfather, George Moore, was a charter member of the Independent Fire Company.

Cindrich declared Feb. 4 John Marshall Jr. Day in the village and Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham declared Feb. 18 John Marshal Jr. Day in Westchester. 

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