Lannie C. Lambert, the chief of the Machias Fire Department and the owner of an auto parts business, died Wednesday (Oct. 1, 1997) in the burn unit at Erie County Medical Center.
Lambert, 36, had been confined to the special hospital unit since mid-September when a torch he was using to disengage a gas tank from a car ignited in his auto salvage yard.
Born in Olean, Lambert attended Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and graduated from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Ellicottville in 1980. He owned and operated Lambert Auto Parts in Machias since 1984.
Lambert was a member of the state Auto Wreckers Association and the Saturday Night Red League bowling couples.
He was serving his second term as fire chief for the company, and had served as an assistant chief in the past several times. Lambert taught basic and advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid at the fire company. He was a member of the Cattaraugus County Fire Association and the Fire Police Association.
Survivors include his wife, the former Janet Walden; two sons, Michael and Nicholas; a brother, Charles of Franklinville; and a sister, Bondalyn Rose of Farmersville.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Franklinville Presbyterian Church, South Main and Franklin Street. Burial will be in Mount. Prospect Cemetery, Franklinville.