A Congers firefighter died over
the weekend after he apparently slipped from a ladder and
struck his head as he responded to a fire alarm.
Kathryn Wohl called 911, and Clarkstown Police and
emergency services workers responded at 2:55 p.m. He was
airlifted from Rockland Lake's north parking lot by to
Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
By 3:15 p.m., the fire department had been called to set
up a landing zone, Wren said. "It was a very quick response
by police and emergency personnel," Wren said. Wohl died
Wohl was a 34-year veteran of the department whose sons,
John and George III, are volunteers for the Congers
department. His father also was a volunteer and his brother,
Chris Wohl, is a Congers fire commissioner. His wife,
Kathryn, is active in the department's Ladies Auxiliary.
"For three decades, George Wohl served the people of his
hometown, bringing a smile to the faces of everyone he came
across," Congers Fire Chief Phil Leto said yesterday. "He
was always available to help out any time we asked, and we
will miss him tremendously."
So many members of the family were in the department, a
common joke among firefighters was the Congers firehouse had
"10 Wohls and one roof."
"He had two families, the family he was born into and the
fire department," Wren said last night. "They're all pulling
Wohl also was an electrician with Local 363 and an
amateur historian. He collected postcards depicting Congers
at the turn of the 20th century. He was the fire company's
historian. He knew the history of just about every building
in Congers and was a railroad buff, his fellow firefighters
"The Congers Fire Department has lost an invaluable
member of its ranks," said Congers Fire Department President
Frank Voce. "George was always a friendly face around the
firehouse who was always willing to help his brother
firefighters and the community he so loved."
The 2:54 p.m. alarm that Wohl heard was false, from an
apparent alarm malfunction.
He and Kathryn Barry married 30 years ago. Their son John
lives in Congers and George III lives in Highland Mills.
Wohl is also survived by a sister, Barbara Sharp, Elma, N.Y.
His parents, George O. and Elaine Kern Wohl, are deceased.