Last surviving responder to Rochester Mohawk Airlines crash dies

Updated: June 28, 2020 06:14 PM
Created: June 28, 2020 01:12 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) —  A local firefighter who responded to the Rochester Mohawk Airline crash in 1963 has died. 

Richard 'Dick' Ziegler passed away on Saturday surround by his wife and children. He was 83 years old. 


Ziegler is believed to be the last surviving responder to the Mohawk Airlines crash that occurred on July 2, 1963, according to IAFF Local 1636.

Ziegler was an airport mechanic and was cross-trained as a firefighter. He also served as a Spencerport volunteer firefighter since 1962. Ziegler is said to have rescued 12 people from the burning wreckage of Mohawk Airlines Flight 121. 

IAFF Local 1636 says the plane crashed during takeoff from Rochester Airport en route to the Newark International Airport. The crash killed seven people and injured 36.

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