John Edward Hiscock, 84


John Edward Hiscock passed away on January 27 in Florida. He was 84.

He was born June 23, 1933, in Bridgehampton, to Oliver and Viola Hiscock.

He is survived by his brother, Silas Hiscock, and five children, Jill, Leslie, Jennifer, Bobby, and Sean.

Hiscock served in the U.S. Army’s 82nd airborne during the Korean War. During the 1970s, he was a member of the Bridgehampton and East Hampton fire departments.

He took on the project to restore “Old #5,” a 1935 Ford Seagrave fire truck that used to belong to East Hampton Fire Department Company #5. After Hurricane Andrew, John and good friend, Ray Warren, along with Opie the Dalmatian, made 20 trips with “Old #5” into hurricane-ravaged Dade County, traveling 4125 miles and delivering a total of 86 tons of supplies including camping gear, water, medical, and pet supplies.

The 1935 Ford traveled the continental 48 in 1985 to the West Coast, into Canada, totaling 11,772 miles, setting a record with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! In September 2015, “Old #5” was donated and retired to East Hampton Fire Department, where she rests with the department’s antique trucks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the East Hampton Fire Department. A small service will be held in June at the family plot, located in Edgewood Cemetery, Bridgehampton.

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