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Chief George Maney Dies at 72

Former Johnson City Fire Chief, George Maney, has passed away.
Former Johnson City Fire Chief, George Maney, has passed away. He died on Sunday at the age of 72.

Maney served for more than 37 years with the Johnson City Fire Department. 15 of those were spent as Chief, from 1986 to 2001. He was also a past President of the New York Association of Fire Chiefs. Maney was responsible for adding medical emergency response duties to the department.

President of the firefighters union, Bob Blakeslee, served with Maney for several years.

"He was a good leader, because he was very decisive. He didn't backtrack on what he was doing. He did what needed to be done. If something got screwed up behind the scenes, he'd chew you out, make sure you knew what you did was wrong and why it was wrong as far as fire operations. But, he'd always have his men's backs and legitimately cared about the people, the community," said Blakeslee.

Calling hours for Maney will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Saint James Church on Main Street in the Village. A funeral mass will also be held on Saturday at 1 o'clock at the church.
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