Those driving past the South Orange Fire Headquarters recently may have noticed the black and purple memorial bunting hanging from the front of the building. According to Deputy Chief Daniel Sullivan, this is “a tradition of the uniformed services indicating the passing of a department member, retired or active.”
In this case, wrote Sullivan in an email, the action recognizes the passing of Thomas Foligno, retired Deputy Fire Chief, age 79.
“Deputy Chief Foligno served this community and department for 28 years before retiring in 1988,” wrote Sullivan. “He was a veteran of the United States Army and was born and raised in South Orange, attending local schools along the way, including Columbia High School.”
Foligno passed away on November 29 at his home in Brick, NJ. He is survived by his wife Julia, three children and eight grandchildren. Read his full obituary here.