Fire Chief George Maney remembered

By Megan Carpenter

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton} Friends and family filled Saint James Church Saturday to remember Johnson City Fire Chief George Maney.

Maney led the village's fire department from 1986 to 2001, serving as lieutenant in 1974. He died on Sunday, December 15, at 72-years-old.

"My dad was the greatest man I will ever know," said Maney's daughter, Katie St. John. "He was an amazing fire chief, but more than that., he was an amazing father and an amazing husband."

Firefighters said he's an inspiration to all of them, being a support system for so many years.

"Chief Maney was a very wise chief," said acting Fire Chief Paul Hlebica. "He was very tough, but very compassionate when it came to caring about his men."

Maney leaves behind a wife, two sons and two daughters.

"The same everyday, you could always rely on dad," said Maney's son, Greg Maney. "He was always the same and he was always smiling."

Maney's two sons are firefighters in Binghamton. Greg Maney said his father's legacy inspired him to follow in his footsteps.