Lowery left a job in Harlem as head usher for the Alhambra Theatre for his first civil service appointment. After taking a number of tests, he became a Subway Conductor for a year in the Transit Authority. The next call came from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Lowery was appointed as a fireman in 1941. He was promoted to fire marshal in 1946, and that same year won a commendation for arresting a man for 30 acts of arson and burglary. In 1960, he was cited for capturing an armed arsonist, and the year after became an acting lieutenant in the Bureau of Fire Investigation. During this time, Lowery was an active member of the Vulcan Society, serving as its President from 1946 to 1950, 1953 and 1954, 1957, and from 1959 to 1963.
Medal is FDNY Brookman Medal for Valor
FF Vernon Cherry was in the band that played at my wedding. He had a great voice and I remember when my wife and I went to hear them for the first time. the reason we chose them was because of Vernon's and the lead female singer's (Phyllis) voices. They were excellent. I made a couple requests for him to sing and he was a real nice guy. I'm sure there's parts in my wedding video of him singing. That was 1995 unfortunately 6 years later he was gone. I didn't really know many people that were lost that day but I remember clearly telling my wife "I think that's Vernon Cherry from Starfire". Even 6 years after I remembered who he was because he left such an impression on us. What a shame someone with his talent was taken like that. Rest In Peace Vernon Cherry and thank you.