Edward S. Hall Jr., 87, machinist, firefighter

January 12, 2004

Edward S. Hall Jr., a longtime machinist who served for more than half of a century as a member of the Herald Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, died of a stroke Wednesday at Heritage Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Annapolis. He was 87.

A Linthicum native, Mr. Hall graduated from Glen Burnie High School. He joined the merchant marines in the 1930s before taking a job as a machinist at the Koppers Co.'s Baltimore foundry before World War II. He retired in 1971.

Mr. Hall moved from Baltimore to Herald Harbor with his wife and daughter in 1946, and immediately joined the Anne Arundel County community's fire department.

When a siren sounded to summon the volunteers, Mr. Hall usually rode in the ambulance, said his daughter, Patricia Ann Givens of Annapolis. When he passed the mandatory age to step down from firefighting and rescue work, he manned the radios and did other work at the fire station until the late 1990s.

He received an award for bravery after suffering severe burns while rescuing a truck driver from his burning cab, his daughter said.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

He also is survived by his wife, the former Eileen Burke.

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