Gerald "Jerry" Hohl Sr., a 28-year Buffalo firefighter who was honored for his heroism, died Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 65.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Hohl graduated from Baker Victory High School in 1960. After high school, he was a railroad worker and also worked at Republic Steel Corp. until 1970, when he joined the Buffalo Fire Department.
As a firefighter, he did everything from dispatch to front-line duty. In 1976, he honored with the A.B. Wright Award for Bravery after dashing up a stairway through choking smoke to rescue a couple trapped in their burning home on Jefferson Avenue.
On his days off as a firefighter, he worked as a delivery driver for Gohr Beer Distributors and Merchant Wines. He retired from the Fire Department in 1998.
Mr. Hohl was a union representative of Firefighters Local 282, Buffalo Professional Firefighters, and was a member of South Buffalo Alive and the Patriot Club. Considered an excellent craftsman, he also was proud of his Irish heritage.
He was also known as the "Mayor of Densmore" in his neighborhood.
Survivors include his wife of six years, Patricia A. Cullen; a daughter, Michele Hillebrand; two sons, Gerald Jr. and Kevin Hohl; three sisters, Mary Alice Albano, Shirley Ann Marchinda and Barbara Jean Sullivan; and two brothers, James and Robert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road, after prayers in O'Connell-Murphy Funeral Home, 2286 South Park Ave.