When Charlie Haas was a young boy, he told his father that he wanted to be a fire fighter.
Most childhood dreams fade, however, for Charlie, this dream was to become an ambition,
and ambition to become reality.
Charlie Haas' life was fire fighting. Charlie never made a secret of his
love for fire fighting and his dedication did not go unnoticed. He joined the
High Falls Fire Department at age 16. After almost two years of training,
Charlie became one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated fire fighters in
Ulster County. Charlie enlisted in the Air Force as a Fire Fighter Specialist
and from there he planned to become a professional firefighter with great
Outside of fire fighting, Charlie's friends found him comical and just
generally fun to be around. Charlie was a loyal friend and is greatly missed
by those who knew him.
On February 17, 1981, Charles Haas was killed while fighting a fire
that ended a promising career before it had really begun. He died doing
what he loved most. He died a hero.