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DULIBA - Leo E. 70, of Jamestown, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017, in UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA. He was born on May 17, 1947 in Dunkirk, the youngest of seven sons to the late William E. and Violet F. Kosinski Duliba.
When he was 18 years old he joined the Dunkirk Vol. Fire Dept. and within one year was promoted to second assistant foreman of Murray Hose No. 4. After several years as a part time volunteer fireman, Leo realized his passion was so intense that he decided to make his avocation his vocation. He then moved to Jamestown after accepting a career position with the Jamestown Fire Dept. in 1968. For the next several years he continued his education with state courses and seminars. He was a certified EMT before most others, and was one of a small group of Jamestown fire fighters who commuted to Erie Community College in Buffalo where he received his Bachelors Degree in Fire Protection Technology in 1976. In 1972 he became the Official Chautauqua County Fire Photographer and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1983. He was a nationally recognized authority on fire apparatus and its history and was a contributor to many magazine articles. In 1976 he wrote "A Transition In Red", a history of the Jamestown Fire Dept., and in 1980 he authored the first complete history of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a guest speaker at many local fire departments and colleges across the U.S. and gave lectures on different aspects of the fire service throughout the area. Leo is survived by his husband, William J. Brudz, whom he married August 2, 2011, a brother Leonard Duliba, a cousin Patty Ciepiela of Dunkirk, and many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in the Lind Funeral Home, 805 West 3rd. St., Jamestown, NY. Jamestown Fire Department Chaplain Peter Dawson will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery. Friends will be received from 4-7 PM today in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Jamestown Morton Club Beneficiaries Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Jamestown Fire Dept., 200 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701. Words of condolence may be left for Leo at

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