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Vincent M. Mescall, deputy fire chief June 2, 1930 -- Feb. 15, 2006

Vincent M. Mescall of Silver Creek, a retired firefighter and longtime deputy chief for the Lackawanna Fire Department, died Wednesday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. He was 75.

Known as "Zeke," Mr. Mescall was a native of Lackawanna and a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.

He was a firefighter for 31 years, including 17 years as deputy chief. In 1970, he received a perfect score -- the only in the state -- on the promotional exam for deputy chief.

Mr. Mescall received several citations for firefighting, including one following an August 1978 fire at a Wasson Avenue boarding house. After two police officers who discovered the fire were driven from the building by heat and smoke, Mr. Mescall -- who wasn't wearing an air mask -- crawled in, woke the tenants and had them crawl out behind him, each holding the ankle of the person ahead.

In November 1987, Mr. Mescall was hospitalized with injuries suffered while fighting a fire on Abbott Road. He retired shortly afterward.

Mr. Mescall was a member of Hanover Memorial Post 148, American Legion; Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus; and the Buffalo and Erie County Retired Firefighters Association. He was a charter member of the Hanford Bay Historical Society in Silver Creek.

He coached baseball in the Lackawanna BOYS Baseball Association and Buffalo Police Athletic League for 26 years and helped coach football in Lackawanna and Hamburg for 12 years. He was an award-winning distance swimmer at the Buffalo Knights of Columbus and YMCA.

Survivors include a sister, Karen Daly of West Seneca.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna, after prayers at 9:45 in Nightengale Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Ave.

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