On Oct. 16, 1967, the Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley, located at 515 Anderson Ave. in Cliffside Park, N.J., was involved in a fire. Several crews from neighboring towns responded to the blaze, including five firefighters from the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department, which was called on mutual aid. Several firefighters entered the building that day; tragically, the responding crew of volunteers never made it back out.
Today we remember Chief Gustave A. Genschow, 43, a 27-year veteran; Firefighter Dominick Acquafredda, 31, a 4-year veteran; Firefighter Harry Brown, 26, a 5-year veteran; Firefighter James Edwards III, 35; and Firefighter James Lauria, 60.
A silver bell at the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department memorializes the five men lost to the Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley Fire. Photo Tom Rinelli, www.uNYquefiretrucks.com.
In addition to the loss of the five firefighters from Ridgefield, several other firefighters were injured, one seriously. Approximately 130 firefighters from eight towns battled the blaze, which was labeled as arson and totaled about $80,000 in losses.
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