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By RON JEFFERS, New Jersey Editor | August 25, 2021 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 082521106

Former Lodi Fire Chief Louis Franco, Sr., 93, passed away in August. Franco was a charter member of Hose Co. 2 and an active member for 73-years.

Chief Franco held every office and rank. He served as Chief of Department in 1967.

In addition, in years past, Franco served as president of the Fireman's Relief Association and the New Jersey State Exempt Fireman's Association. He was also a member of the South Bergen Chief's Association, and he served as a parishioner of St. Joseph R.C. Church.

On April 28th, 2019, the Borough of Lodi honored Franco with a street sign in front of Company 2's firehouse: “Lou Franco Sr. Drive.”

Franco was responsible for creating a memorial for past members located at the rear of the firehouse.

Firefighters said Chief Franco was a person who could turn his collar around and be a priest to members.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.