Michael Hazell

Hal Bruno, newsman and dedicated fire service advocate, dies at 83

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Nov 9, 2011

Hal BrunoHal Bruno, a longtime political director for ABC News, and former director of the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, died in Maryland on Tuesday, November 8.

“For more than 60 years, Hal Bruno served as an active member of the fire service community, giving selflessly as a dedicated volunteer firefighter, advocate, commentator and leader,” according to a statement from the National Firefighter’s Association. “He is renowned for his commitment to fire safety initiatives and his compassion for the members of the fire service and their families.” 

According to an ABC News blog, Mr. Bruno’s interest in firefighting began after riding as a kid on fire trucks in his hometown of Chicago. Mr. Bruno later became a volunteer firefighter and was involved in the fire service for more than 60 years.

“He was one of the first journalists on the scene of the tragic Our Lady of the Angels elementary school fire in Chicago on December 1, 1958 in which 92 students and 3 nuns died,” says the statement from the National Firefighter’s Association. “His report that the fire spread so quickly because of the open stairwell lead to significant changes in fire safety and building standards and codes.”

Read NFPA Journal's "When the Angels Came Calling" written for the 50th anniversary of the Our Lady of Angels fire, one of the most tragic school fires to ever take place in the United States.

Mr. Bruno served as director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Chevy Chase Fire Department until 2008 and was Chairman Emeritus after that.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 11 in Chevy Chase, MD. Details.

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