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Past Town Line Fire Dept Chief, Norm Weber Passes at 83.

Updated: Jan 13, 2019

Norman E. Weber

Alden, New York

Dec 7, 1935 – Jan 10, 2019

(From Town Line Fire Dept):

Our hearts are heavy today as we share the news of the passing of Past Chief Norman Weber.

Chief Weber was from the founding families of the Town Line Volunteer Fire Department. The Webers are to Town Line Fire Department, what smoke is to fire. Where there is one, there is the other. The Weber name is synonymous with TLFD and goes back to 1936 when Mike Weber, Norm’s father, served as chief for an unprecedented 26 years. It is rumored that Chief Weber’s crib was the front seat of a fire truck.

Throughout his years in the fire department, Chief Weber always chose to be proactive in his involvement. He was known for his innovative thinking, commitment to safety, and endless dedication towards providing effective training. He was an adviser to the Explorer Post, instrumental in developing the current Out of District Program as well as our Active Restricted Program for 16 and 17 year olds. Chief Weber also participated in or headed countless committees including the purchase of two “twin” fire engines, the large building expansion project at Station 1 and the purchase of the Metz Aerial from Germany. His contributions are far too great to list and his presence at the firehouse has been missed the past several years.

Most notably, however, were Chief Weber’s years served in the position of Chief beginning in 1970 and 1971 and then again from 2002 to 2005. Chief Weber also served between the offices of Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief from 1994 to 2001. Chief Weber even celebrated his 50th and 51st year of service in the office of Chief.

Chief Weber is known for many things but, most notably for always having a story to fit any and every occasion. His “Let me tell you a story” are some of the most dreaded words in the English language. If you had the good fortune to meet Norm, you knew that while you would be in for a very, very long story, you would learn something fascinating each time and leave the conversation wiser because of it.

To know Chief Weber was to know a man that was determined, driven, and downright stubborn at times. But to know Chief Weber was to also know that he gave to our department his entire heart. His passion for both the fire service and the department were evident in all that he accomplished during his 53 years in active service.

We send our thoughts and prayers to the Weber family as they grieve and to everyone throughout Lancaster, Alden, and Erie County whose lives he touched.

Rest easy, Chief. We’ll take it from here.

Information on services can be found here: https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/?action=obituaries.obit_view&CFID=baab2d7f-0585-4969-9d4c-734f05a6b4f2&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=5868356&fh_id=11282

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