Family remembers fallen firefighter

March 7, 2008 8:43:53 PM PST
Firefighter Nick Picozzi was remembered fondly by his family as they prepare for his viewing and funeral. Two cousins and a sister-in-law invited reporters to hear a little bit about their loved one.

"He was a wonderful husband, a terrific dad and a loyal son," said his cousin, Brenda Ellmore.

Thirty-five-year-old Picozzi, a volunteer firefighter with the Lower Chichester Fire Company, perished Tuesday in a house fire in Upper Chichester. He and two other fire fighters went into the burning home to rescue a family dog.

Somehow, Picozzi became trapped in the basement. Reports indicate the floor may have collapsed. Three firefighters went in after him. They all had to be taken to the hospital, but Picozzi did not make it. His death is a devastating blow to his family and this tight-knit community.

"He was passionate about being a firefighter. If there was anyone you wanted next to you, it was Nick," said Ellmore.

Relatives say Picozzi loved being a father to his two sons. He was also devoted to helping neighborhood kids stay on the straight and narrow. He also died doing what he loved, serving people.

The family asks that donations be made to the Nicholas Picozzi Memorial Fund:

Nicholas Picozzi Memorial Fund
c/o Commerce Bank
857 Conchester Highway
Boothwyn, Pa. 19061

Funeral arrangements for Picozzi:

The viewing will be Monday from 3:30 to 9:00 at Holy Savior Church on Ridge Road in Lower Chichester.

The funeral mass wil be held Tuesday at noon at the church, with burial to follow at Lawn Croft Cemetery.