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JAN. 19, 1918 -- NOV. 26, 2004

Wallace A. Meahl, 86, a former firefighter, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness.

Mr. Meahl was born in Buffalo and graduated from Trott High School in Niagara Falls. He was a longtime resident of North Buffalo and lived in Amherst for the last 20 years.

During World War II, he served in the Navy. For 35 years, he served in the Buffalo Fire Department, retiring in 1977 after suffering an injury in a fall during a three-alarm fire.

He was assigned to Hook and Ladder 9, and received the Edward H. Butler Silver Medal in 1974 for two rescues during fires.

Mr. Meahl was a member of Local 282, Buffalo Professional Firefighters, and the Western New York Retired Firefighters Association.

He also was a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, where he served as a trustee, deacon and elder, and later of Kenmore Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon and took part in Senior Agers.

Mr. Meahl was an avid cribbage player, participating in tournaments locally and in Reno, Nev. He enjoyed family activities, gardening and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Janet D. Brosart of Amherst; three daughters, Judith Kocher of Amherst, Pam Williams of Portland, Ore., and Diane Grillo of Town of Tonawanda; two sons, Brian of Newfane and Keith of Denver; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.


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