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Vincent O'Neil, firefighter who made rescue
Jan. 13, 1915 -- Feb. 22, 2006

Services for Vincent A. O'Neil, a retired firefighter honored for a heroic rescue, were held Monday in Kenmore. Burial was in St. Adalbert Cemetery, Lancaster.

Mr. O'Neil died Wednesday in the Erie County Home after a long illness. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship.

He worked for the Buffalo Fire Department, with Engines 21 and 22, retiring in 1978 after 33 years of service.

Mr. O'Neil received recognition for a rescue he performed in 1963. He saved an unconscious baby found in the bedroom of a burning house. He received the Edward H. Butler Bronze Medal for Bravery in 1964.

He was a longtime member of the Thundering Herd chapter of the National Campers & Hikers Association.

Surviving are four daughters, Suzanne Snyder of Amherst, Donna Militello of Plantation, Fla., Patricia Tremblay of North Tonawanda and Laura O'Neil of Batavia, and seven grandchildren.


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