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We would like to share our condolences with the Hockessin Fire Company, the Delaware State Fire School, and many other fire organizations across the Nation for the loss of Louis J. Amabili. He passed away on September 28th at the age of 88.
Lou began his career in the fire service in 1947 with the Hockessin Fire Company where he held several leadership positions over the last 60 years. He was appointed as the first Director of the Delaware State Fire School in November of 1964. He ws soon recognized nationally when President Nixon appointed him to the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, helping pen the report 'American Burning', still referred to now. He held positions on many national fire organization panels and continued to serve the Congressional Fire Service Institute on it's Board of Directors until his passing. He was most recently featured on Trusted Voices, a web series by Bobby Halton from Fire Engineering. He is a true leader of the fire service who will be missed. In 1997, he was given Honorary Membership to the Cranston Heights Fire Company.
There wll be a viewing at the Hockessin Fire Co. Memorial Hall on Thursday, October 5th, 4pm to 7pm. There will be a mass of Christian burial on Friday, October 6th, with services at St. Mary of he Assumption Chuch in Hockessin at 11am, with internment to follow at the All Saints Cemetery on Kirkwood Highway. In lieu of flowers, it is requested those wishing to honor him make a donation in his name to the Hockessin Fire Company.