A final call for Lewis “Lew” Accorsi on Saturday paid homage to a firefighter who served with the Cheswick Volunteer Fire Company Station 121 for 72 years.
“Firefighter Accorsi entered the fire service in 1949 and has proudly served the Borough of Cheswick and surrounding communities for the past 72 years, rarely missing a call for help,” said the final call, given on the day of his funeral.
Accorsi, 92, died Sept. 30 in his Cheswick home.
Before serving as a firefighter in Cheswick, Accorsi was a military police officer and firefighter in the Army, serving in occupied Japan after World War II. He later served as the quartermaster at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Wallace Murray Post in Cheswick. He co-founded the Lower Valley Ambulance Service.
Accorsi was a Cheswick Borough councilman for eight years and mayor for four.
He was a “very loving man, very honest and loyal,” said his son Sam Accorsi.
The fire department was a huge part of his life, his son said.