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Simon R. Zambotti, honored Falls firefighter

Feb. 25, 1940 – July 10, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS – Simon R. Zambotti, 76, of Niagara Falls, an Army veteran and longtime Niagara Falls firefighter who was honored for bravery, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice House after a long illness.

A Niagara Falls native, Mr. Zambotti was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls and graduated from the former Trott Vocational High School in 1958. An Army veteran, he served in then-West Germany during the Cold War years.

He worked as a union carpenter for Sicoli & Massaro Construction Co. in Niagara Falls and in 1968 became a firefighter for the City of Niagara Falls. He served most of his career with Truck No. 1 at the 10th Street Station until his retirement as a battalion chief in 2000.

During his years as a firefighter he was the recipient of the Levy Brothers Award for Bravery in 1977 for saving a man’s life in a fire on East Falls Street. He also was responsible for establishing an Employee Assistance Program for fellow firefighters.

Mr. Simon was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as an usher, Eucharistic minister and as a member of the Parish Council. He was known for helping others any way he could.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Gail Andres; a sister, Eda Scrinzi; and a brother, Stephen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave.

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