Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department
Authur Demello

Arthur DeMello

1995 - 2008
1984 - 1991
1980 - 1982
1977 - 1978
1970 - 1971

John Czap The 15th Chief of Department 2009-2012

Chief Czap Joined in 1987 He has the biggest file of anyone i’ve ever seen. Filled with every certification your could imagine. After all he was a 25 year member and served National Disaster Medical Assistance Team being deployed to Hurricane Katrina. 

John, Most of us here learned how to be an EMT from you. Learned the skills. Learned that if we ask someone their name and they kumquats that they are verbal instead of Alert. John was hands on, trying his best to keep this place going when it was struggling, it was to the point of where there locks on thermostats and vehicle chargers were on timers. But he kept us going…getting grants and even making repairs on his own. 

On this very week 10 years ago, while HE WAS celebrating burning the deed to the engine, meaning we owned it finally, John was telling everyone a storm was coming, BUT nothing could’ve prepared us for what he warned with hurricane sandy. 

In remembrance

As we laid to rest Chief Arthur "Artie" DeMello, the silence was filled with the melody of "The Impossible Dream," a song that captures his remarkable life's journey:
“To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.”


Chief DeMello’s dream may have seemed impossible to some, but not to him. A true leader in the EMS community, he was a man who took on unbeatable challenges. Serving as Chief of Department for a third of our department’s existence, Chief DeMello’s legacy is one of perseverance, innovation, and unwavering commitment to the Fire Service, the Emergency Medical Service, and to Gerritsen Beach. His impossible dream was to not only keep a volunteer fire department running in the city but also to be a founding member of EMS in the city of New York. He dared to go where others might not, and in doing so, he reached the unreachable star. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to the DeMello family, the FDNY ceremonial unit, Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department & Ambulance Corp., and Volunteer Firemen’s Association of the City of New York for their support and respectful tribute. Chief DeMello’s memory will live on in the thousands of EMT’s and CFR’s who he taught, who were fortunate to know him, learn from him, and be inspired by his visionary leadership. May his dream continue to guide and motivate us in our mission. Rest Easy Chief, We have it from here.

Details for the remembrance service:

  • Viewing: Thursday, 8/10 at James P. Byrnes Funeral Home from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. – Funeral
  • Mass: Friday, 8/11 at Resurrection at 10:30 am.
  • Address: James P. Byrnes Funeral Home
    2384 Gerritsen Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11229
  • Telephone: (718) 743-1099
  • Website: [James P. Byrnes Funeral…/Arthur-Demello/