The flag in front of the Surf City Volunteer Fire Company continued to fly at half mast today in honor of John Fullerton, who died Aug. 31.
Friends at the fire company recalled Fullerton as a "strong father figure who never lost his cool."
Fire Chief Brian Stasik said at the time Fullerton finished fire school, he was the oldest member of his class. He joined the company when he was 63.
"John was a very laid back guy," Stasik said. "Even when other people would get upset or frustrated, he kept his cool."
According to information in Fullerton's obituary, published in the Asbury Park Press: "John was married to Catherine (née Zulinsky) in Surf City in 1969 and they celebrated 43 years of marriage in April.
Besides serving on the fire compnay, Mr. Fullerton served with the Beach Haven First Aid Squad, and worked one season as a special officer with the Long Beach Township Police. He worked at Barnegat Bay Dredging Company in Harvey Cedars for the past 45 years, acting as foreman/superintendent for the past 30 years.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Catherine; his son Brian, and his wife, Anne (née Pence) of Surf City, NJ and Rockville, MD; his cherished granddaughter, Sarah; and many nieces and nephews."