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A memorial service for Arthur D. Hirschbeck, a retired Town of Tonawanda police captain, will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Church of the Nativity, United Church of Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

Hirschbeck, 72, died March 2, 1995, in Millard Fillmore Hospital after suffering a heart attack.

He was a lifelong resident of the Town of Tonawanda and was a Tonawanda police officer for more than 33 years.

Hirschbeck became a captain and relief patrol commander in 1972 after being a desk lieutenant and court liaison for 18 years.

A charter member of the Captains and Lieutenants Association of Erie County, he served as secretary and director of the organization.

Hirschbeck was a C-47 pilot during World War II, serving in the Army Air Forces with Troop Carrier Squadron 307.

He flew missions in Normandy, the Rhineland, France and the Ardennes, transporting paratroopers, supplies and seriously wounded soldiers.

He was associated with Ellwood Fire Company as an active, exempt and life member for 55 years.

He also was a member of the Ken-Ton Hunting Club for 45 years and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Jean Laramie; three daughters, Marcia Heckmann and Marilyn Maida, both of the Town of Tonawanda, and Diane Cooper of Williamsville; a son, Donald; and eight grandchildren.


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