NIAGARA FALLS —
Captain Dennis "Danny" Jankowski, 85 years old, passed away on April 2, 2011 at Sister's Hospital in Buffalo. He was born in Niagara Falls on March 17, 1926, the son of the late Nicholas and Sophia (Borowicz) Jankowski.
Danny attended Our Lady of the Rosary Parochial School and Niagara Falls High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy on July 30, 1943, and served as a Gunners Mate 1st Class until his honorable discharge on March 6, 1946. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with 3 Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. Afterwards, Danny served as a Naval Reservist until his final discharge on June 26, 1955. On May 29, 1948, Danny married the former Jeanette Ciesielski at Holy Trinity Church.
On August 15, 1951, Danny became a member of the Niagara Falls Fire Department. He attended the National Fire Academy in Washington, DC. He was trained in First Aid, CPR, MET, Codes, Advanced First Aid, Fire Investigation, Arson Investigation, Supervision and Train the Trainer. He was a member of the Union Athletic Committee for seven years and was Chairman of the Firemen's Ball in 1967. In 1970, Danny became a Captain and retired from Engine 8 on March 20, 1988. He received the Levy Award in 1964 and 1984, the Sons of Revolution Medal, the Fire Chief's Award in 1981 and the American Legion Plaque in 1971. Earlier on, from 1955 until 1965, Danny was the owner and operator of the Club 1770 on Falls Street. He was a member of the Professional Local Firefighters 714, Firefighters Professional Office's Club 3359, the Niagara Falls Fire Department Mutual Aid Association, the Retired Firefighters Association and was a former member of the American Legion Portage Post #1465.
Danny is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanette (Ciesielski) Jankowski; and his children, Denise Rybicki of Cheektowaga, Sandra Spacone of Niagara Falls, Patrice (Richard) Tynes of Washington State and John (Jacqueline) Jankowski of Deer Park, TX. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his brother, Theodore "Red" Jankowski.
Friends may call on Thursday from 2-6 PM at the LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 356 Portage Road, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 9:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at St. Mary's of the Cataract Church with Rev. Michael Burzynski, Ph.D. officiating. Private burial at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Niagara Falls Fire. Department Christmas Toy Fund, P.O. Box 271, Niagara Falls, NY 14304.
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