The IAFF mourns the unexpected passing of Albany, NY Local 2007 Vice President Edward Verhoff, who died on Saturday, Nov. 12. He was 46.
A wake will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, from 4-7 p.m., in the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell Str. in Albany. A funeral mass is Friday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m., in the same location.
“Ed was a leader and advocate for the IAFF and our profession,” said General President Edward Kelly. “He was devoted to his family and steadfast in his commitment to the community. My thoughts and prayers are with the Verhoff family, Local 2007, and all those who knew and loved Ed.”
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our brother and union leader Ed Verhoff,” said Local 2007 President Rob Mengel. “His dedication to the success and safety of our members never wavered. Whether it was campaigning to help elect labor-friendly candidates or advocating on our behalf to local decision makers, he was always there when we needed him.”
Verhoff joined the Albany Fire Department in 2006 and was last assigned to Rescue Squad – C Platoon at the Arbor Hill Fire Station.
After joining the fire department, he quickly became active with Local 2007 and the labor movement. Fellow union members said Verhoff was always willing to assist where he was needed and, eventually, was elected local vice president. He was also a member of the Albany County Democratic Committee and served as a delegate at the last Democratic National Convention.
When he wasn’t on the job, Verhoff loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed serving as a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troup 1083, where his two sons were working hard to become Eagle Scouts.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who ordered all flags in the city to be flown at half-staff, said, “On behalf of the entire City of Albany, it is with a very heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of Albany Fire Department Firefighter Ed Verhoff. Ed was the consummate public servant and always brought a smile to the face of everyone who interacted with him.”
Verhoff is survived by his wife, Kim, and his two sons, E.J. and Liam.