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Sullivan County Mourns the Loss of Leading Fire Official

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Albany/HV: Sullivan County Mourns the Loss of Leading Fire Official
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WOODRIDGE, N.Y. -- When Harold Kronenberg showed up to the scene of a fire, he'd always ask the same question, "So, what's doing?"

"That was his way to give an accounting of how is the fire going, how are the firefighters doing. Do we have victims? Do we have any fatalities? He put a lot of calm into us," said Dick Martinkovic, Sullivan County's Fire Coordinator.

At 83, Kronenberg, known to everyone, as "Iggy" died. He was Sullivan County's fourth Fire Coordinator and a long time Woodridge Fire Chief. A local legend, he devoted more than half his life to the fire service.

"I'm going to miss him very much. We are going to miss him around here. He was like a father to everybody," said David Begbie, Woodridge Fire Chief.

Iggy will not only be remembered here in Sullivan County but as a leading fire professional across the state. Among his many accomplishments include being a co-founder of the Arson Task Force.

"He helped to put the original radios in all of our trucks. He was tickled pink that we were updating things to digital technology. It was his livelihood. It was his love. No questions asked," said Martinkovic.

Standing room only at the Wednesday service at the Woodridge firehouse, packed with
lawmakers and dignitaries from every corner of the county.

Iggy's son says he always made time for those he loved including his extended fire family.

"He was always at the fire department. So if I was going to be with my Dad, I was going to be at the fire department," said William Kronenberg.

Though no longer present, a mentor to so many, his spirt will always linger in the big house with red brick walls on Dairy Land Road.

"I will truly miss him," said Martinkovic.

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