Firefighter Albert J. Forsythe
Firefighter Albert J. Forsythe, while transporting a critically ill child to Childern’s Hospital of Philadelphia, died in the line of duty, when suddenly the ambulance he was responding in went out of control during a heavy rainstorm and swerved into a utility pole. Albert was 30 years of age and a life time resident of West Deptford Twp. residing at 1305 Lafayette ave., Colonial Manor. He was a World War II veteran and a dedicated member at Verga Fire Company #1. He was survived by his wife Doris M., his son, John E. and his two daughters, Patricia Ann and Linda J., his parents Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Forsythe, of Verga; and four sisters Mrs. Dortothy Matteo, or Woodbury Terrace; Mrs. Bonita Hinkson and Mrs. Natalie Alestra, both of Verga, and Mrs. Jean Boswell of Ford Estates. After his death in 1958, the Verga Fire Hall was rebuilt and dedicated in his memory.
Firefighter James T. Heenan
March 25, 2001
Firefighter Heenan died from injuries sustained in the line of duty while fighting a house fire on January 1, 2001. Dispatch information originally stated that there were people trapped inside the West Deptford residence, however it was later discovered that the two-story structure was empty. While searching for the victims inside the house the floor collapsed beneath Jim and trapped him in the basement under burning debris for approximately twenty minutes. He was rescued by fellow firefighters, but not before sustaining third-degree burns to 75% of his body. Jimmy remained in the Chester-Crozer Burn Center for eighty-four days and underwent several surgeries before he passed away. Jim, an eighteen year veteran Firefighter of the Verga Fire Company #1, was thirty-seven years old and survived by his wife, Patti and two teenage sons, Jimmy and Michael. His heroism and sacrifice will never be forgotten. He will be greatly missed and his memory will live forever in our hearts.