It is with deep regret that the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 of Downingtown, PA announces the following:
Whereas, the Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom has removed from our midst on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, one of our beloved brothers and Life Member, Alfred S. Peterman, 97, who was always found faithful in the discharge of his duties and whose every thought and purpose was for the welfare of his company and department. And, while we deeply regret and mourn the loss sustained in the death of our late brother, we bow in humble submission to the Divine Will.
Therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Alert Fire Co. No. 1 of Downingtown, PA, do hereby extend and convey to the bereaved family and friends our deep and heartfelt sympathy.
Alfred S. Peterman, 97, of Downingtown, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at the Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook.
He was the beloved husband of the late Helen Beatty Peterman. Born in Chester Springs, Al was the son of the late William and Mary Whitely Peterman.
Shortly after graduating from West Chester High School in 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served as a medic during World War II; earning the American Campaign, World War II Victory and EAME Campaign medals.
After serving his country during World War II, Al became an active volunteer firefighter at Alert on January 26, 1948 and was currently our most-senior member of the company, serving a total of 71 years at the time of his passing. He played a major role in shaping the company and held several officer positions since 1948. They included, Lieutenant 1954-56, 1967-68; Captain 1957 and 1971; Assistant Fire Chief 1958-62, 1975-77; Trustee 1977-79 and Fire Chief of the Downingtown Fire Dept. 1963-65. Al was awarded his Lifetime Membership of Alert on January 31, 1976.
“Uncle Al”, as he was known to the volunteers of the Downingtown Fire Dept. will leave a lasting impression on those who served with and under him. If you were anywhere near Al, you would learn something new about firefighting! Up until he moved to Hickory House, he would continue to visit the station every day of the week.
Mr. Peterman retired from the Borough of Downingtown where he worked for 15 years as their Superintendent of Maintenance from Downingtown’s Regional Water Pollution Control Center.
The pride and joy in his life was his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters Donna Dunn and Dianne Plaugher (Steve); grandchildren, Carol Moore, Lisa Koppenol, Stephen Dunn and Shawn Plaugher; and great grandchildren, Brian Moore, Amelia Moore, Avery Dunn, Lilah Dunn and Riley Plaugher.
A morning visitation will be held on Monday, September 16th from 9:30 to 10:45 AM at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, followed by his funeral service at 11:00 AM.
Interment will be in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Exton.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to St. Paul’s UCC, 101 Worthington Road, Exton, PA 19341.