SUNBURY — It was the burnt-out bedroom of a little girl in the mid-1990s that affected East End Fire Company Captain John Ferrari a great deal.
While it wasn’t the moment he joined the fire company, Ferrari describes it as a turning point in his time as a volunteer firefighter in the city. The incident on Arch Street was his first structure fire after starting as a volunteer firefighter in 1994.
“When it was all over and done, we went back through the house. There was a little girl’s bedroom, all her toys, everything she had was destroyed,” said Ferrari. “It just had an effect on me. If there’s something I can do to stop that from ever happening again, I’m all in.”
Ferrari, who was nominated for this year’s Made a Difference, has been the captain of the East End Hose Company at 215 Catawissa Ave, Sunbury, since 2014. He is the lead firefighter at the company where both East End Hose Company and Friendship Hose Fire Company have operated together since 2014. That was the year Friendship lost its building to a fire. Read More…vo