Former Cheshire volunteer chief dies at 79

Former Cheshire volunteer chief dies at 79


CHESHIRE – A funeral service was held Friday for Douglas Yocher, who served as a volunteer firefighter in town for 60 years.

Yocher died at Yale New Haven Hospital on Sept. 30 at the age of 79. He served as chief of the volunteer department from 1984 to 1987. He was also a Hamden firefighter for 31 years, retiring as a lieutenant in 2000, according to his obituary.     

Members of the Cheshire and Hamden fire departments were on hand at the funeral to honor Yocher.

“Chief joined the fire department July 1st, 1958 and was an active member and life member for all of the 60 years on the CFD.” the Cheshire Fire Department said in a Facebook post announcing Yocher’s death.

Yocher was a founding member of the Waterbury Area Fire Chiefs Association, where he also served as treasurer for 35 years.

Yocher, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War,  also received military honors at Cheshire Hillside Cemetary
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