On Saturday November 7th, many Firefighters and apparatus from across the area joined together to honor Past District Chief John Rankin who was receiving an honorary Deputy Chief appointment to the Fire Department of New York City.
Past District Chief John Rankin was a volunteer firefighter from the Primos Secane WestBrook Fire Company, in Upper Darby Township Fire Department. Chief Rankin has been a friend of the FDNY for many years. Affectionately referred to as Bronx or Brooklyn 9 here and in New York.
Chief John Rankin has been battling cancer bravely for several years and recently fallen very ill. He is now stricken to his house, so all his Brothers in the service got together to honor him outside of his house.
The ceremonial speeches and presentations were given by Upper Darby Fire Department Operations Chief Gary McAfee, Deputy Chief Tim Boyce, Upper Darby Professional Firefighters Association President William Norris, Primos Secane Westbrook Park Fire Company President James Flannigan, PA 163rd District State Representative Jamie Santora, Delaware County Councilman John McBlain, and Upper Darby Fire Captain and Brother of John Rankin, Robert Rankin.
It was a touching ceremony and all of Chief Rankin's friends and neighbors were grateful to be able to attend the event.
Unfortunately a few hours after the ceremony, Chief John Rankin passed away with family and loved ones by his side.
Rest in Peace Bronx 9 !
(Pictures from the honorary Jamie Santora Facebook page)