William Rueman Obituary, Death Cause – From all of us here at Jamison Road Fire, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our Brothers and Sisters at the Marilla Fire Department. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. We are deeply saddened to share the news that William Rueman, who served as an assistant chief and had been an active member for the past 54 years, passed away suddenly. A firefighter by the name of Rueman was working in the neighborhood of Elma on the morning of Saturday, May 27, when he was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.
Marilla Fire Company would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Elma Volunteer Fire Company, Jamison Road Vol. Fire Co., and Spring Brook Fire District #1 for their unending support and for executing a courteous and dignified transfer of Firefighter Rueman. This is on behalf of Marilla Fire Company. The officers and members of the Marilla Fire Company have authorized me to send you this communication on their behalf. Please remember Bill’s wife and their children in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this terrible and challenging time. Thank you.
In 1969, Firefighter Rueman became a member of the Marilla Fire Company, where he eventually rose through the ranks to become Assistant Chief between the years 1973 and 1979. In addition to this, he was the company’s Safety Officer and served on the Board of Directors and the Vigilance committee for a number of years. In addition to having served in the United States Army, Bill was a devoted member of the Erie County Fire Chiefs Association, where he held an officer position for a while. In this capacity, Bill was honored with the Bronze Star. Additionally, he served as a delegate for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC), in addition to the Firefighters Association of the State of New York and the NYSAFC.