Vincent Yacono Memorial Decals Available

Saturday, December 20, 2014  ASPINWALL, PA;  Continuing our efforts to reach out to and assist the family of passed firefighter Vinny Pie Yacono, the Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department has sponsored Memorial Decals in honor of our brother firefighter. We have them available in two sizes. 4" for your vehicle window and a 2" decal for your helmet. All the proceeds raised from these Memorial Decals will go to Vinny's family. You can get a 4" Memorial Decal for a donation of $10 each and the 2" Memorial Decal for a donation of $5 each.

 An enlarged picture of the Memorial Decal is attached to this entry along with a size comparison between the 4 inch and 2 inch decals.

 If you are interested in making a donation to receive one or more Vincent Yacono Memorial Decals, in either the 4 inch or 2 inch size, please contact FF J.C. Teyssier at (412) 932-4959 or LT. Rob French at (814) 553-9845.

 Once again, all the proceeds from the funds raised from these Memorial Decals will be sent on to Vinny's family.

 Thank you for your time and interest in this endeavor.



Aspinwall VFD Live-In Program

Monday, August 15, 2011  In an effort to bring in new, qualified members, increase response times and provide for the maintenance of the station and apparatus, the Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department has invested in bringing to light a "Live-In Program" at fire station #1.  Private, furnished bunk rooms can accommodate five Live-In Members, with access to shower, modern kitchen, weight and recreation room.  A quiet study area has also been set up in the bunkroom area. The station is located on three major bus lines to Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.  Laundry facilities are two blocks off site. Room and board come at no charge; in exchange the department asks that you give it 4-hours of "on-duty" time each day, perform basic housekeeping of the station and maintenance of the fire equipment and apparatus, and provide for your own food and drink. Aspinwall VFD runs two state of the art 1500 GPM Engines and a Medium Rescue to all manner of emergency incidents, fires, motor vehicle accidents, rapid intervention and QRS.  We cover approximately five square miles through mutual aid agreements and average 350 to 400 incidents per year. If you're a trained firefighter and a student attending college or thinking about attending college in the Pittsburgh Area, consider sharing your time and talents with the Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department.  Call 412-781-0447, mail an inquiry to Chief - Aspinwall VFD, 217 Commercial Ave, Aspinwall, PA 15215, or check the "Downloads" area of our website for an application.



Engine Assists 265 House with Trash Fire

Saturday, December 20, 2014 14:04 At 14:04 hours, a commercial assignment was struck for 265's box upon report of smoke from the rear of a structure. Upon arrival of 265 Chief and Assistant (Costanzo and Bagnato) smoke was found to be from an unattended trash fire up against a building in the rear of 2201 Main Street.

102 Engine stretched an 1 3/4" line and got water on the fire. Crews mopped up the incident and checked for extension to the adjacent structure and picked up ready at 14:30.



Last Alarm For FF Vincent "Vinny Pie" Yacono

Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:00 At 1100 hours Allegheny County Communications alerted Firefighter Vincent "Vinny Pie" Yacono to respond to his final alarm.

FF Yacono faithfully, bravely, and selflessly gave of himself to the citizens of Aspinwall Borough and surrounding communities during his six honorable years of service to Station 102.

The Officers and Members of Station 102 send their prayers and condolences to the entire Yacono family on their loss.

Station 102 would also like to extend sincere thanks to our Brothers and Sisters from Blawnox Fire Department (Station 111), Cherry City Fire Department (Station 260), City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire,  Etna Fire Department (Station 149), Fox Chapel Fire Department (Station 157), Millvale Fire Department (Station 191), and Sharpsburg Fire Department (Station 265) for their support and assistance in honoring the memory of FF Yacono.

"Rest Easy Brother; We've Got it From Here."



Services Announced for FF Vincent Yacono

Monday, December 8, 2014 13:30 Brother and Sister Aspinwall Firefighters and Friends;

I have just received word of the dates and times of the services for Aspinwall Firefighter Vincent Yacono.

Viewings will be held Tuesday evening, December 9, from 6pm to 8pm, and again on Wednesday, December 10, from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at Ajak Funeral Home, 1st and Center Ave, Aspinwall, PA

Fire Department Services will be on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30pm. Be at Fire Station #1 by no later than 6:15pm.

The Funeral will be Thursday, December 11, at 10am in the Morningside section of Pittsburgh.  A more exact location has not been shared. We have been asked to provide an Engine to carry his casket. We will be using Engine #2 for this honor. Firefighters available for the Funeral should be at Fire Station #1 at 9am Thursday morning.

A work detail to clean Engine #2 and strip the 5" off the truck is forthcoming.


It is our hope that we can have enough members to place two honor guard at the casket, and two honor guard at the door to the viewing room. We will be running in half hour details.

A Sign-up sheet will be placed at Fire Station #1, however if you wish, you may e-mail Lt Rockhill ( and let him know what shifts you are available for and what you would like to do: ie Wednesday 3-3:30p Door Guard, or Tuesday 6:30-7, Casket Guard, etc. If you're available all afternoon or all evening on a particular day, that will work also. He will place you into the schedule where you are needed.
Lt. Rockhill be managing the schedule and the "changing of the guard."


Please let Lt Rockhill know if you are available to attend the funeral.

CISM, Sheri Rockhill and Edan will be on hand during and after the viewings.

Thank you for your attention during this difficult time for all of us.



Aspinwall VFD Mourns Loss of Vinny Yacono

Sunday, December 7, 2014 09:30 ASPINWALL, PA-

Today the officers and members of the Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department-Station 102 are grieving the loss of our brother Firefighter Vincent " Vinny Pie" Yacono. Vince passed away this morning suddenly. The members and officers of the Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department appreciate your thoughts, prayers and condolences during this time of grief.

Information and times for FF Yacono's services are not yet set but will be shared on this and other media outlets when available.

Thank you..

In Memorium

In Memorium

Vinny Yacono, front left.

Vinny Yacono, front left.


Station 102 responds to Working Car Fire

Sunday, December 7, 2014 06:28 ASPINWALL, PA--

At 06:28 Hours, Stations 102, 217, 218 and EMS were alerted to respond for a vehicle on fire on the Highland Park Bridge Inbound. After dispatch, 102 LT 1 updated the location to the on ramp merge point from 28 to the bridge and that it was a working vehicle fire. Engine 102-1 arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire and pulled a 1 1/2 inch line and began surpressing the fire. Engine 217 then arrived on scene and pulled a second 1 1/2 inch line in service to assist in suppression. Crews dealed with the issue of magnesium flare ups with foam from Engine 218-2. The fire was declared under control at 06:54 Hours. Command (102 C-1) requested a Penn Dot truck with salt due to icy conditons from the water. All units cleared the scene at 07:36 Hours.

Great job by all those on scene!



Windy Day Brings Station 102 Multiple Calls

Monday, November 24, 2014 14:19 SHARPSBURG, ASPINWALL, AND O HARA, PA--

At 14:19 Hours, Stations 102 and 265 were alerted to respond to the 200 block of 19th Street in Sharpsburg for Wires Arcing. Fire units arrived on scene and determined the lines to be cable not power and requested Duquesne Light and Verizon to be notified. 102 units cleared the scene at 14:27 Hours.

Then at 15:07 Hours, Stations 102 and 265 were once again alerted to respond to the 200 block of 19th Street for Hot Wires Down and Arcing. Same as the last call. There was no hazards. 102 units cleared the scene at 15:19 Hours.

Then at 15:19 Hours, Stations 102 and 265 were alerted to respond to 200 North Main Street for Wires Down and Arcing. Service line to the residence was down over the street. 265 waited for Duquesne Light Co. 102 units returned back into service at 15:27 Hours.

Then at 15:33 Hours, Station 102 had a still alarm for a report of a roof coming off a buisness a few buildings down from the fire station. 102 Engine 2 and members checked the scene and found debris on the ground from a neighbors roof. 102 units cleared the scene at 16:15 Hours.

 Then at 19:17 Hours, Stations 102 and 111 were alerted to respond to the 100 block of Kappa Drive in RIDC Park for a Commercial Fire Alarm. 111 units investigated the building while Engine 2 stood by the hydrant on Kappa Drive. No problem found. 102 units cleared the scene at 19:42 Hours.



Vehicle Leaking Fuel Brings Call 500

Sunday, November 23, 2014 08:39 At 0839 hours Rescue Company 102 was alerted to respond to Middle Street in the 265 Box (Sharpsburg) for the vehicle leaking fuel. This alarm brings the total for 2014 to 500 for Station 102. Station 102 would like to thank all the members who have turned out this year for these alarms, giving of their time, energy, and enthusiasm to assist those whom we are called to protect.



Black Ice Turns Out the Volunteers

Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:05 Around 11:00 Hours,  Allegheny County was blanketed in a sudden sheet of black ice caused by falling rain and dropping temperatures. Soon after the weather conditions began to decline, Station 102 was put on its first assignment of the day which would prove to be a busy one. At 1105 hours the Rescue Company was turned out to Route 28 South at the Etna overpass for a seven car vehicle accident. 102 was assisted by Station 265 (Sharpsburg) and 149 (Etna) along with EMS resources. At 1117 hours the Squad Company and multiple members responding from home handled a two vehicle accident in the 102 Box at the intersection of First Street and Center Avenue. 102 personnel were assisted by Station 157 (Fox Chapel) and EMS from multiple agencies. Not long after at 1208 hours the Rescue and Squad Companies were turned out again for a high mechanism incident involving vehicle rollover on Squaw Run Road in the 157 Box. During the brief but powerful freak-weather incident, Fire, EMS, and Police resources were taxed all across Allegheny County. Our thoughts and prayers to those firefighters involved in accidents from Station 190 (McKeesport) and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire and Bureau of Paramedic Rescue.



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