Joseph P. Piechocki, 89, deputy city fire


Joseph P. Piechocki, a retired Baltimore deputy fire chief, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Franklin Woods Center in Baltimore County. He was 89 and lived in Parkville.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point, he attended Holy Rosary Parochial School.

He joined the Fire Department in 1938 and served in Water Tower Company No. 1 at Gay and Baltimore streets. He was promoted to captain in 1952. He retired in 1979 as a deputy chief.

He was a member of the Essex Moose and the Notre Dame Council of the Knights of Columbus in Homeland.

He was formerly active in Cub Scouting at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Gardenville. A tenor, he was president of the Fire Department Glee Club from 1949 to 1959. He was a drum major in the Fire Department Band and Drum Corps.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Belair Road and Willow Avenue, Overlea, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years , the former Theresa Jeskiewicz; two sons, Raymond J. Piechocki of Baltimore and David F. Peck of Dallas; a brother, Michael Piechocki of Sandusky, Ohio; four grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

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