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Troy, NY - The City of Troy Fire Department responded to 307 5TH Ave. on February 18th for an alarm of fire. The dispatcher stated that they were taking multiple calls for the fire, with possible entrapment. The first arriving units had heavy fire and smoke pushing from a three-story house, with a report of a child trapped inside the building.

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Firehouse Chili Cook-Off Held in Troy

Troy, NY - A whopping $4,122 was raised for the the FASNY Firemen's Home and the Burn Center during a Firehouse Chili Cook-Off held at Brown's Brewing Company on Sunday, February 25th. A big thank you was given to all of the fire department chefs and all who attended to support these important organizations. The winners were: 1st Place: Cohoes Fire Department; 2nd Place: Watervliet Fire Department; 3rd Place: F.O.O.L.S. (The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society); and People's Choice: West Sand Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Multiple Occupants Severely Burned in Beacon House Fire Beacon, NY - On February 9th at 4:44 A.M., the City of Beacon Fire Department was notified by the Dutchess County 911 Center of a fire with occupants trapped at 98 Rombout Avenue. The City of Beacon Fire Department’s first apparatus was on the scene in two UMP TO FILE# minutes. The struc- J021218108 ture was a two-anda-half story wood-frame with heavy fire showing out of the front door and on the secondfloor. The first apparatus on the scene requested a second-alarm. The occupants of the house all exited the structure from the second-floor. Three occupants exited down the interior stairs through the fire. All three received severe burns. The fourth occupant jumped from a second-floor rear bedroom window. All occupants were initially transported to St. Luke's ER. Three were later transferred to the Westchester Hospital. The first hose line was advanced by City of Beacon firefighters through the front door and to the second-floor. Additional hose lines were advanced to the attic. All fire company crews made an aggressive attack to bring the fire under control. The structure sustained fire damage to the entire house. One dog was saved by firefighters and one dog perished on the second-floor. Village of Fishkill and Rombout crews assisted with extinguishment and overhaul. Fire crews were hampered by a live power line off the house in the front yard. Also hampering firefighters was a burst hose line and icy ground surfaces. Central Hudson Gas and Electric was at the scene to disconnect the services.

County Car 17, the Dutchess County Fire Investigation Team, Beacon PD, and the Beacon Building Department were on the scene. The City of Beacon DPW was on the scene to salt the road surface on Rombout Avenue. BVAC and Mobile Life Services transported the four fire victims. One firefighter slipped on the ice and was injured, but remained on duty.


Mutual Aid that responded to the scene included the Village of Fishkill, Castle Point, companies standing by at Beacon Fire Station 2, Rombout, Glenham and Hughsonville to assist with overhaul and the picking up of hose lines. The cause of the fire is under investigation. - GARY VANVOORHIS

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Eileen Coyle, founder and CEO of Monroe Ambulance, passed away suddenly at her home in Greece on Saturday, March 3rd at the age of 81. Eileen formed Monroe MediTrans, Inc., better known as Monroe Ambulance, in 1975 with a staff of 15 employees. Today, the company is a leading provider of emergency medical services across Monroe, Orleans and Wyoming counties, as well as non-emergency medical transportation across Western New York.

Eileen has been quoted as saying her motivation was the ability to influence the well-being of customers by providing welltrained professionals and stateof-the-art equipment. Nearly 300 professionals now dedicate themselves to her vision of quality, compassion and integrity in the delivery of medical services. Eileen’s leadership and influence extended far beyond the

realm of Monroe Ambulance. She previously served as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners, President of the New York State Ambulance Association, and was a Board member for the Rochester Women’s Network. She’s also been recognized as the Greece Chamber of Commerce’s Businessperson of the Year (1995), earned the Rochester Safety Council’s Distinguished Service Award (1998), and the 2001 Active Community Entrepreneur Award from the Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

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Eileen is survived by six children, including Monroe Ambulance President Thomas C. Coyle and Executive Vice President Timothy Coyle, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. - JON LEROY



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Boght Fire Co. Holds Annual Installation Banquet Colonie, NY - The Boght Community Fire Company held its annual installation banquet on Saturday, January 27th at the Century House in Latham. Ken Urquhart Jr. was sworn-in as chief, replacing Brian LaPlante who stepped down after four years in the position. Jake Oreshan III becomes 1st Assistant Chief and Mark Dufresne becomes 2nd Assistant Chief. James Dudley was honored as Firefighter of the Year and Joe Smith was named Probationary Firefighter of the Year. The department has been serving the northern part of the town of Colonie since 1941 and is one-of-12 volunteer departments covering the town. It also provides mutual aid and FAST team assistance to communities in southern Saratoga County, as well as the city of Cohoes (Albany County).

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Fire Damages Mobile Home in Springwater Springwater, NY - On Saturday, February 24th, Springwater Fire and Livingston County EMS were dispatched to 7704 Kellogg Road for a working fire in a mobile home. Mutual Aid was requested from Sparta and Wayland Fire Departments. One person was transported to Noyes Hospital in Dansville for treatment of smoke inhalation. Livingston County Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene and investigating the cause.

time to take the covers off the grills!! I use mine all year round, but not nearly as much as when the weather gets warm, especially at the firehouse. Grilling is great because we tend to make our meals a little healthier by using less fat, more vegetables and less processed food. It also results in less dishes, and who doesn’t like that in the firehouse?!? Besides the usual suspects of

hamburgers and steaks, I like to change it up once in a while and one of my favorites is grilled chicken gyros. It is a great way to incorporate healthy, flavorful ingredients into your firehouse cooking. A simple marinade, some fresh toppings and a delicious Tzatziki sauce is all you need for this soon to be firehouse favorite! When it comes to a marinade, they all usually share the same types of ingredients. You need some sort of salt, such as kosher/sea salt, soy sauce, worcestershire, etc., a fat to help carry fat soluble ingredients into the meat, olive oil being the most popular, and finally, an acid to help tenderize the meat. In this case lemon is perfect, but just be careful not to marinate it too long, as the meat

will break down into “mush”, not good. But the star of the show is the Tzatziki sauce, a traditional Greek condiment usually consisting of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon and fresh herbs. When it comes to yogurt, a lot of people think the low/no fat versions are healthier, but I disagree. Usually in order to make up for flavor they add extra garbage, such as sugar to make it more palatable. I also feel that when you use full fat products, you tend to use less of it because it is more “filling”. And like they say, fat is flavor! Tzatziki is not just good for gyros, but also great on fish, grain bowls and basically anything grilled. Give this recipe a shot!

TZATZIKI SAUCE Yields 2 ¼ Cups Ingredients:

2 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt (preferably full fat) 1 Cucumber, halved lengthwise and seeds removed 5 Sprigs of Dill, stemmed and finely chopped 2 Sprigs of Parsley, stemmed and finely chopped 1 Lemon, juice and zest 3 Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt, to taste Chile Flakes, to taste Procedure:

-Grate the cucumber into a colander, let drain and put into a towel and squeeze as much moisture out as you can. Put the cucumber and remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.


Three-Vehicle MVA in Newburgh Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake Engine Company was dispatched to a three-vehicle MVA on Route 52 and the I-84 overpass on February 27th. Town of Newburgh Police and EMS were also at the scene. Firefighters placed speedy dry on fluids on the roadway and assisted with the injured. The Town of Newburgh Police Dept. is investigating the accident.



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Minnesota: Jeffrey A. Vollmer, 40 Rank: Captain Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 19, 2017 Fire Department: Mayer Fire and Rescue Department Initial Summary: Captain Jeffrey A. Vollmer passed away at home from an apparent cardiac arrest several hours after participating in non-classroom training of a nonroutine strenuous nature at a local community center.

New Jersey: Craig A. Maull, 71 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 19, 2017 Death Date: December 21, 2017 Fire Department: Haddon Fire Company #1 Initial Summary: Firefighter Craig A. Maull responded to a dwelling fire call on 12/19/2017, but his apparatus was recalled while enroute. Upon returning to quarters, Maull mentioned to other members that he wasn't feeling well, but declined medical assistance and later went home. Firefighter Maull missed additional calls later, which was uncommon for him, and members were unable to contact him by phone or email. Family and department members went to his home on 12/21 to check on Firefighter Maull and found him deceased (from a heart attack). *Additional police follow-up shows extensive evidence that Firefighter Maull passed away sometime between the evening of 12/19 and morning of 12/20. New Jersey: Frank Matagrano, 75 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 13, 2017 Death Date: December 13, 2017 Fire Department: New Milford Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Frank Matagrano suffered cardiac arrest inside the fire apparatus while it was responding to an emergency call on

12/13/2017. His fellow crew members immediately initiated CPR and utilized an AED to successfully regain his pulse. He was transported to a local hospital, where he remained hospitalized for continued care. Doctors determined that Firefighter Matagrano suffered a stroke which caused his cardiac arrest. He never regained consciousness, and subsequently passed away on 12/23/2017 in the hospital.

Kansas: Jason Garrett, 46 Rank: Firefighter-Paramedic Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Initial Summary: Fellow responders discovered Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Garrett deceased in the firehouse bunkroom when he did not appear for a morning response call. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined by authorities. Oklahoma: Jeffrey S. White, 53 Rank: Lieutenant Incident Date: December 26, 2017 Death Date: December 26, 2017 Fire Department: Oklahoma City Fire Department Initial Summary: Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White succumbed to complications from a medical condition on December 26th, 2017. Lieutenant White was assigned to Fire Station 36 in southeast Oklahoma City where he was when the episode began. White was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he later passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury to be determined.

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Poughkeepsie Firehouse Now Home to World-Renowned Artist This patch belongs to Chatham Fire Department, located in Columbia County, NY. EUGENE WEBER JR.


Crews Work Two-Alarm Structure Fire in Adams

Adams, NY - On March 1st at 7:32 P.M., Adams and Lorraine responded to a working fire at Berry's Lumber Company in Adams. Adams Command was on the scene and called for a second-alarm, which brought Mannsville FD, Belleville FD and Rodman FD to the scene, along with SJRS Ambulance Service. Crews made an excellent knock down on the fire.

Poughkeepsie, NY - In the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, the City of Poughkeepsie had several firehouses scattered throughout the city, one of which was the Lady Washington House on Academy Street in the city. According to avail- JUMP TO FILE# able records, the 030518115 house was the result of the merger of two houses; one starting in 1863 and one starting in 1908. 1st Responder Newspaper recently paid a visit to the Lady Washington House to learn that it is now occupied by worldrenowned sculpture artist Huma Bhabha. The artist has been named to create the 2018 rooftop exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. The artist has created numerous three-dimensional sculptures that have appeared in galleries around the globe. The original subway-style tile is still on the apparatus bay floor that serves as the artist's studio. The pole is also still there, but the artist wouldn't say whether or not her family uses it. The architecture in the back of the building would have gone unnoticed, except that Poughkeepsie FD Lieutenant Bill Ringwood and Deputy Chief Joe Franco both told 1st Responder Newspaper about it. The gutters are held up by flames and axes. In an attempt to learn more about the firehouse, 1st Responder Newspaper paid a visit to the unofficial department historian; Lieutenant Bill Ringwood. The firefighter, with more than four decades of service to the department, was able to provide a picture of the firefighters, their dog, and their horse-drawn engine for the story. Recently, retired Deputy Chief Ed Decker also provided a bit of background. According to Decker, who retired in 2017 after 43 years with the department, he rode the last engine out of Lady


Rear soffit held up by flames and axes.

Washington in the early 1970's when the house was closed and relocated to the City Hall station


(which is also no longer in use).


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Two-Alarm House Fire in Troy Ends with Mother Being Arrested


Faulty Space Heater Causes Structure Fire in New Paltz

New Paltz, NY - The New Paltz F.D. was dispatched to smoke coming from a structure on February 10th. It was determined that a faulty space heater had started the fire in the manufactured residence. The fire was quickly extinguished, and there were no injuries. Assisting at the scene were the Modena F.D. and New Paltz Rescue Squad. The Tillson F.D. backfilled for New Paltz.


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Troy, NY - The City of Troy Fire Department responded to 307 5TH Ave. on February 18th for an alarm of fire. The dispatcher stated that they were taking multiple calls for the fire, with possible entrap- JUMP TO FILE# ment. The first ar- 022318121 riving units had heavy fire and smoke pushing from a three-story house, with a report of a child trapped inside the building. The second-alarm was toned, bringing Engine-6 and Truck-2 to the scene. The first arriving engine advised that the correct address was 289 4th Avenue. Firefighters from Engine-1, Truck-1 and Engine-4 made entry into the building with multiple hand lines through the front door of the building. Command confirmed that they did not have anyone trapped in the building and advised firefighters to use caution. Engine-6 arrived on scene and became the FAST team for the crews inside the building. As heavy fire and smoke pushed from the first and second floors, firefighters made an aggressive push, knocking down the heavy fire. Command had another crew make entry to the rear of the building with a hand line and bring it to the attic to try to stop the fire from spreading. As the flames traveled to the attic, heavy fire and smoke pushed from the "Alpha", "Bravo" and "Charlie" sides of the house. Firefighters from Truck-1 went into aerial operations using a master stream on the third-floor. Command had everyone operating on the third-floor down to the secondfloor to start to pull ceiling and hit the fire below them. Truck-1 opened up one of its master streams, hitting the heavy fire on the third-floor. As soon as the heavy fire was knocked down, firefighters made their way to the third-floor and started to use a handline to extinguish the remaining fire. The city of Watervliet, Cohoes, and Green Island Fire Departments, along with Colonie EMS, were brought in to assist with running all of the emergency calls while firefighters were on scene. This house fire was an exhausting battle for firefighters on scene. No firefighters or residents were injured on scene. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. After the fire was knocked, the Troy Police Department arrested 27-year-old Charlyce Cherry. The mother of three kids, ages 2, 8 and 10, was charged with three counts


of endangering the welfare of a child for leaving her children alone at the home. Before the fire department arrived on scene, neighbors reported that the 10-year-old boy was pounding on their doors, yelling "fire!", while his sister was still inside the home. Neighbors stated that by the time they had time react, the fire was blowing out of the windows of the home.

A woman stopped to help, picked the children up and placed them in a car to keep them warm, as they only had t-shirts on. The good samaritan then followed a Troy police unit back to the station where they took good care of the children until the mother could be found. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER



Red and Blue Brothers...Lakeville Fire Dept. Chief Kyle Whitford and his brother, Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Whitford, working at the scene of an MVA in East Avon.

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Red Hook Fire Company Battles Two-Alarm House Fire


Fairview Firefighters Work to Stop the Bleed Poughkeepsie, NY - A 2015 White House initiative called "Stop the Bleed" is being instituted by the Fairview Fire Department in Poughkeepsie, NY. The department has started the program in response to recent traumatic events such as the Mandalay Bay massacre and the Parkland High School shooting in Florida. Several of Fairview's Firefighter/EMTs have become trained "Stop the Bleed" instructors to help educate the public on this life-saving skill. Stop the Bleed's website, indicates that "the top preventable death in trauma is bleeding. Twenty percent of the people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control." According to Fairview's Public Education Coordinator, Christopher Lewis, Firefighter/EMT-B, "supporting this national campaign is one of Fairview's many proactive efforts

JUMP TO FILE #030518108 in helping to ensure community safety." Lewis, who also serves as Treasurer for IAFF Local 2623, continued by saying "even with an average in-district response time of three and one-half minutes, often times civilian bystanders are the first aid a person receives in an emergency. It only makes sense that our public has access to this bleeding control training to help save a life until emergency responders can provide care." Fairview's professional firefighters will be providing the onehour "Stop the Bleed" training to groups of three to five people at a time by appointment only. Additional information on the national program can be found at and

Red Hook, NY - Nobody was injured in a house fire in the Town of Red Hook that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The Red Hook Fire Company was dispatched to a possible fire in a room of a house at 104 Read Road at 3:16 P.M. Volunteer fire- JUMP TO FILE# fighters had the first 022218125 truck staffed and responding within five minutes. At about the same time, Red Hook Fire Chief Steve Fell arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke coming from the residence and fire coming from a second-story window. Fell called for a second-alarm while determining that all residents were safely evacuated from the home. Arriving apparatus from Red Hook, along with Mutual Aid from the Tivoli and Milan Fire Departments, mounted an aggressive attack and had the fire under control in less than 30 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene until about 7:00 P.M. The Red Cross was called in to assist the residents, as the home was left uninhabitable by the fire, smoke and water damage. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the County Fire Investigation Division were investigating the cause of the fire. “It was a quick response from our members as well as those from neighboring agencies who were called in on mutual aid,” said Chief Fell. “They did a great job attacking the fire and made a very nice stop.” In addition to the approximately 30 firefighters at the scene,

the Rhinebeck, Livingston and Elizaville Fire Departments were on standby throughout the late afternoon in case their manpower and ad-

ditional water capacity were needed. JEFF COTTER


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Winona Lake Holds 2018 Installation Dinner Newburgh, NY - Winona Lake Engine Co. held their 2018 Annual Installation Dinner at Anthony's Pier 9 on February 10th. Dinner and awards were given out, and everyone enjoyed dancing all night long!

Black Ice Causes Multiple Accidents Throughout City of Troy Troy, NY - With city of Troy roads covered in black ice, early morning drivers on February 11th had a slippery situation at hand. Numerous accidents throughout the city of Troy occurred, including one vehicle that rolled over on Colleen Road on the east side of the city of Troy. The city of Troy Fire and Police Departments were inundated

JUMP TO FILE #022318120 with numerous calls for traffic accidents and fall-related injuries due to the icy roads and sidewalks. At one point they had to shut down Sunset and Tibbetts Ave. due to extremely dangerous conditions on the roadway. Both the

city of Troy Police Dept. and Fire Dept. requested salters to the scene. All of the accidents in the city of Troy consisted of property damage and/or minor injuries. The salters came out at about 10:00 A.M. to start salting the city. - JEFFREY BELSCHWINDER


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Michael J. Stoddard, 25, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born in Albany, NY on June 25, 1992. Mike graduated from Galway High School and the BOCES Program for Heavy Equipment Operators. Mike worked for the Saratoga Co Highway Department. When he was 14 years old he started as an explorer for the Galway Volunteer Fire Dept. The firehouse quickly became his passion and he proudly served as a volunteer fireman, where he held the position of Captain and also served on the department dive team.

Mike was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. His was an avid diver. Mike is survived by his mother Christy Sheehan; father James Stoddard and his wife Nicole; siblings Dan Sheehan (Noel Chambers), Ryan Sheehan and his fiancée Samantha; Ashley Sheehan (John VanNoy), Lindsey Sheehan (Kara); niece Aaralyn, nephew Landon; his beloved dog Tyson, and all of his brother firemen at the Galway Volunteer Fire Department. - PROVIDED


Dutchess County Encourages Female First Responders


Dutchess County, NY - The Dutchess County Volunteer Firemens Association (DCVFA) is offering two scholarships for eligible Dutchess County residents so that they can attend the Phoenix Firecamp at the Utica Fire Academy in July of 2018. The camp was created by the Fire Service Women of New York State (FSWNYS), a non-profit statewide association of women who are members of career and volunteer fire departments, and is designed to

JUMP TO FILE #030518113 encourage young women to become involved in fire and emergency services, either as a career or volunteer firefighter. Vincent Galvin, Membership Secretary for the DCVFA, said that the two Dutchess scholarships are offered "so maybe one day these young ladies will become firefighters." The camp has an application fee

of $300 and no additional expenses are incurred by the attendees. The DCVFA scholarships pay for the application fee. Travel to and from the camp is the responsibility of the attendee. Additional information on the camp and the May 1st application deadline can be found at and information about the Dutchess scholarships can be sent to Vincent Galvin at - TODD BENDER

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Slippery Road Conditions Cause Car to Overturn in Newburgh

Newburgh, NY - Cronomer Valley F.D. was dispatched to a vehicle off the roadway on Brewer Road on February 14th. Firefighters and Town of Newburgh Police assisted the driver out of the vehicle. Slippery road conditions in the area caused the vehicle to go off-road.

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One Person Transported from Newburgh MVA

Newburgh, NY - On February 19th, Winona Lake firefighters were called out to an MVA on Route 17K, across from the Howard Johnson Inn. Upon arrival, the vehicle involved was found about 20-feet off the road. One person was transported to St. Luke's Hospital for unknown injuries.

Apartment house fire on East Main St. in Lima (Livingston County).


Plug-In Air Freshener Sparks Blaze, Displaces 13 in Lima Lima, NY - Around 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 20th, Lima Fire and EMS were dispatched to a structure fire at 7346 East Main Street in the village. The blaze was discovered by a passerby and an upstairs tenant who smelled smoke. All occupants were able to safely evacuate from the structure. Fire units arrived on location and found a working fire on the first-floor of a large two-and-a-half story apartment house. Lima fire-

JUMP TO FILE #022118110 fighters were assisted at the scene with mutual aid from East Avon, Livonia, West Bloomfield and Honeoye Falls. The blaze was contained to the apartment of origin, with other units sustaining smoke damage. Several family pets perished in the fire, including four cats and three guinea

pigs. A pet rabbit survived. The American Red Cross was providing assitance to 13 displaced residents. The Livingston County Office of Emergency Management and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office determined the cause of the fire to be from an overheated plug-in air freshener that had items piled around it. There were no injuries reported. - JEFFREY ARNOLD


House Fire in Avon Quickly Extinguished Avon, NY - On Tuesday, February 27th, Avon and East Avon Fire Departments responded to a report of a fire under a deck at 33 Oak Street in the village of Avon. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that there was a fire in the wall in the rear of the residence. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries reported.


Cambria Vol. Fire Company Holds 68th Installation Dinner of Officers

Cambria, NY - On Saturday, February 10th, the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company held their 68th Installation Dinner and installed their Line Officers and Administrative Officers in front of over 200 guests. The Cambria Volunteer Fire Company has been serving the Town of Cambria, NY for over 74 years, 1944-2018. (L to R): Swearing-in the Line Officers is Wayne Butts from FASNY, Chief Jonathan Pressley, 2nd Asst. Chief Christopher Pettit, 3rd Asst. Chief Nick Pressley, 1st Asst. Chief Dale Heiser and 4th Asst. Chief Shawn McIntyre.

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Two-Alarm Fire Damages Chester Home

Chester, NY - At 6:40 P.M. on March 2nd, the Chester Fire Department, with the Washingtonville Fire Department as the FAST, was alerted for a report of a house fire on Garnett Hill in the Chester Fire District. The crew of Washingtonville FD's Rescue 581 was put to work on arrival. The crew split and assisted Chester FD with getting the first line stretched and put into operation. They also assisted with truck work on the second-floor. There were no injuries. Blooming Grove VAC stood-by at the scene.

This is a soft cover book measuring six-inches by nine-inches and has 72 pages. The author is a semiretired Roman Catholic priest who serves in Massachusetts. Through the years, he has served in many different cities in the state and he writes about his experiences in those assignments. To read the nine chapters and epilogue was to me like reading about a volunteer firefighter because Father Thomas is well versed in fire terminology and lingo. He

details his fires and incidents in ways that you feel you are there with him. His field of operation so to speak is not limited to only serving firefighters, but to minister and pray for those unfortunate souls that firefighters encounter and seek his blessing to help set a person or a family at ease after a horrid experience. These incidents could be accidents, drug related calls and other medical calls to which they responded. The reader can very easily get exhausted comprehending his running around at times of his own volition. That also takes into consideration all kinds of weather. A number of the stories are rather sad, while others are heartwarming. One of the incidents included is the Worchester Fire that took six firefighter’s lives. Another is a fire involving a large Catholic church that consumed 30 blocks in Fall River. There is a photo section of four pages of color and black and white pictures of a plane crash, the church fire and a dramatic rescue of an elderly lady from the attic of her dwelling to name a few. This is an inexpensive book that is well worth the while to read and identify with the duties of a chaplain and the good and bad times they have to minister through.


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Salem Rescue Squad Announces 2018 Officers, Annual Fundraising and Membership Campaign Salem, NY - The Salem Rescue Squad recently announced the election of its 2018 officers and director. The officers include: President, John Gibb; Vice President, Edward A. Donoghue; Secretary, Eva Woodell; Treasurer, Dennis Campbell; Captain, Vicky Campbell; and Assistant Captain, John Gibb. Elected to the Board of Directors is Jim Chambers, who joins existing Board members Jim Conety and Steve Snyder. March is the start of the Salem Rescue Squad annual fundraising campaign. The Salem Rescue Squad is not a government agency and as a volunteer organization, depends on the financial and inkind donations to complete its mission of providing prompt, efficient and often life-saving prehospital emergency medical care to the residents of Salem, Hebron, Jackson, East Greenwich and Rupert. We are now also providing "community paramedicine" to individuals at home with health issues to help avoid Emergency Room visits. In 2017, thanks to the generous contributions from

JUMP TO FILE #030718104 the community and its dedicated volunteers, we were able to respond to 506 calls. As is the case with most volunteer organizations, Salem Rescue Squad is facing a looming crisis in membership numbers that challenges us in meeting our mission. Our current members come from a variety of occupations. Some have day jobs, some are retired. We are urgently seeking new members and are asking that you please consider joining our team. Members can help in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: -Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) -Ambulance Drivers -Attendants If you can provide some time and the willingness to help, the Salem Rescue Squad will provide the training and uniforms. We would also like to remind readers to make sure that your 9-11 street address is clearly visible

from the road so that we can locate you quickly during an emergency. Keep an up to date list of your medical history, medications and dosages, and any allergies for yourself and family members. For more than 45 years, the Salem Rescue Squad has provided emergency medical services to citizens and visitors in Salem, Hebron, Jackson, East Greenwich and Rupert. The Squad relies primarily on dedicated volunteers to serve as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), drivers and assistants in answering approximately 500 calls per year. Salem Rescue Squad is in search of new members who can be a part of its team and contribute to its critical mission of providing emergency medical care to the community. Flexible schedules are easily accommodated due to our 24/7 schedule. For more information about Salem Rescue Squad, call 518-854-7199 or email - ED DONOGHUE


Border City House Fire Quickly Knocked Waterloo, NY - At around 11:00 P.M. on February 16th, the Border City Fire Dept. was toned out for a reported bedroom fire at 673 Route 96. While enroute, the fire dispatcher notified Chief 261 that they had the Sheriff's Dept. on scene reporting a working house fire. Chief 261 requested Geneva Fire Dept. to the scene for one engine and a FAST team, as well as Waterloo with a full response. Also requested to respond was the North End Tanker Task Force The fire was brought under control a short time later.

Vehicle News

Owego, NY – The Town of Owego Fire District recently placed a 2017 Firovac Eagle QP Pumper Tanker into service as Unit 1801. The new tanker pumper features a Freightliner M2-112 4-dr chassis with custom Firovac QP Pumper body, Darley KSP1000 1000-GPM pump, and 2000-gallon polished tank. The self-loading vacuum Pumper-Tanker has 6-inch rear and side air operated valves, a

Wappingers Falls, NY - In 2015, the Hughsonville Fire Department in Wappingers Falls started looking for a new aerial to protect their district. After much consideration, Campbell Supply Company was chosen to help the department. The end result is a Spartan 103' straight stick quint with a 650-gallon tank that was officially placed into service on March 1, 2018. The department spent more than a month training on the new apparatus after delivery. The curriculum was extensive because HFD was transitioning


front bumper turret with a FireFox monitor and nozzle, an exclusive Firovac™ power portable tank bracket containing 1 – 2,500-gallon Husky portable tank, along with 1 – 14’ roof ladder, 1 – 24’ 2 fly ladder, and 1 – 10’ attic ladder and a Will-Burt Night Scan Chief light tower. It carries one large capacity aluminum floating strainer and one Firovac™ HVLL Strainer. - DAVID SCHLOSSER

from a tower ladder.


According to Chief of the Department Tyler Pettit, "Spartan built a great truck and the staff at Campbell did a great job of getting it to us." The rig has a 2000-GPM pump, full compliment of ground ladders, 600feet of 5-inch hose, (two) one-and-three-quarter inch crosslays, (one) two-and-a-half inch crosslay, high rise packs, cribbing, battery powered Hurst tools and much more. - TODD BENDER

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Ron Faugh (right), with Senator Rich Funke. Ron was recognized for 50 Years of Service.


Rush F.D. Celebrates 98 Years of Community Service "I’m Seth Winters, I’m 27-years-old and I’ve been a firefighter for 10 years. I’m with the Fountain Hose Company 1 in Ansonia, CT. I’ve had the tattoo for about 2 years now. It has a lot of meaning to me because I’m a third generation firefighter in my family. The idea for this tattoo came to me when my parent's house unfortunately burned to the ground and my father actually had to fight his own house fire. We all went in after looking for anything salvageable, but unfortunately all our family photos and everything was gone except for a picture of me and my father in a frame with the firefighter prayer. It was a little burnt, but nonetheless it was there, and it inspired me to get this tattoo done."

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From 1603 until 1867, Japanese firefighters fought fires in a “different” kind of way. They wet themselves with hoses so they would be less flammable (causing their uniforms to weigh up to 75 pounds). They used hooks on poles to try to pull the buildings down and smother the fire. They believed preventing the fire from spreading was more important than saving the burning structure itself. Only five percent of all recorded fires which happened in Japan for centuries resulted in death, seemingly proving their methods.

Rush, NY - The 2018 Rush F.D. Past Officers Banquet was held at the Wildwood Country Club on Saturday, March 3rd. One hundred members and guests attended, including JUMP TO FILE# the new Undersher- 030518107 iff of Monroe County, Korey Brown, along with his wife, Elena. The MC was Bob Burns, Monroe County Public Safety Director. Officers and directors for 2017 were recognized, including Mike Terzo Jr.-Asst. Chief, Joe Watlack– Captain, Ron Faugh–Director and Lt., Sean Brown-Lt., Kyle McNeilLt., Eric McNeil-Asst. Secretary, Pat Frediani-Lt., Andy Socola–Director, and Tim Relyea–Safety Officer. Service award pins were presented to Al Sweet for 65 years, Ron Faugh for 50 years, Mike “peewee” Terzo for 40 years, Dick Crawford for 30 years, Jerry Sheppard for 25 years (now a Life Member), Joe Watlack for 15 years, and Abby O'Neill for 5 years (2017). NY State Senator Rick Funke and FASNY (Firemens Asso. of the State of NY) Director Diana Pfersick recognized Al Sweet for 65 years of service and Ron Faugh for 50 years of service. Al, who is still active, is a past Chief and past Commissioner. Ron was also a Captain and Safety Officer for the Rochester Fire Department and a State and County Fire Instructor. Both men have served as members of the Board of Directors, Fire Chief and Fire Commissioners. Both men received a standing ovation. The Senator thanked the firefighters and their spouses for volunteering and making their

Al Sweet was recognized for 65 Years of Service.

communities a safer place. He also reported on how hard it is for many communities to keep volunteers and continue with a free volunteer firefighting and ambulance service. Fire Chief Jim McNeil acknowledged all the extra work VicePresident Jenna Cirincione does on the EMS and Ambulance operation for the department. He also talked about how the members “get the job done and pull together when needed” on a daily basis for the residents of Rush and our neighbors. Past Chiefs in attendance were also recognized, including Al Sweet, Bob Faugh, Dick Wheeler, Jim Bucci and Dale Sweet. Rush Fire District Commissioner Chairman Bob Faugh acknowledged all the work, time donated and the great working relationship that the volunteers have with the Commissioners. He outlined some of the things they do to save the taxpayers money, such as cleaning the stations and maintenance on the property. He also reported on the results of the department fire prevention program,


which have been fantastic. We are proud of the fact that we have very few serious fires. Rush Town Supervisor Cathy Frank thanked the members and their spouses for everything they do for the town. Debbie David, President of the Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary, presented President Fanning with their annual donation check of $2,000 to go toward any needed equipment. They have donated thousands of dollars over the years, purchased radios, equipment for the ambulance and items too numerous to list. Upstate Vegas provided gambling entertainment, and the Wildwood Country Club staff provided a great dinner. The banquet committee included Jim Bucci, Bob Faugh, Jenna Cirincione and Tyler Grillo. (Jim does most of the work.) Henrietta Fire Co. #1 and CHS (Henrietta) Ambulance filled in at Rush during the event. - BOB FAUGH

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Multiple People Injured in Washingtonville Car Crash Washingtonville, NY - At 10:00 P.M. on March 3rd, the Washingtonville Fire Department was alerted for a motor vehicle collision at Route 208 and Mountain Lodge Road. Upon JUMP TO FILE# arrival, fire depart- 030518103 ment personnel found one person injured and trapped in one vehicle, as well as four others injured, three from the second vehicle involved. Fire department personnel extricated and treated the trapped passenger pending the arrival of a second Advanced Life Support Ambulance. Blooming Grove VAC treated and transported one patient in serious condition, while New Windsor EMS transported the second serious patient. Monroe EMS transported the three other less serious patients to Saint Luke's Hospital in Newburgh. Washingtonville Fire Department Fire Police personnel assisted with traffic. The Blooming Grove Police Department conducted the investigation. - GARY HEARN



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No Such Thing as Typical EMS ISSUE


Emergency responders never look at life the same way as their non-emergency counterparts; it doesn’t matter if you are a cop, a firefighter, or an EMS responder. Life is all about whatever can happen…and it usually does. Anyone who has responded to a 9-1-1 call as a member of an ambulance crew has “stories” (without violating HIPPA) about their favorite call, the most harrowing one, the worst one, and the ones we can’t seem to talk about, yet often find sneaking into our dreams. What is a typical day in the life of an EMT or Paramedic? Aside from everyone, including our trained and certified drivers, usually being referred to as “an ambulance driver”, NOTHING is typical. (Some EMS agencies do permit driver-only positions, most require this as part of the responsibilities of a certified EMT or Paramedic.) Many patients and their families are relieved and welcoming about the crew’s arrival — and there are those who greet the crew with an argument about the time it took to arrive (it doesn’t help to explain that you just responded lights and sirens after dropping your last patient at the hospital). You can’t blame the 9-1-1 dispatcher for giving you erroneous information about the “CPR-inprogress patient” you are being dispatched to when you find the patient seated upright and conscious on a living room chair, bag packed, and their companion explains that she said she was doing CPR so the crew would get there faster. Then there are the folks who don’t want their family member to know how panicked they are, so they call in a possible broken toe and the crew arrives to find an overturned lawn mower and a patient with half a foot missing and blood gushing. There are the miracle calls that give the EMS responder an almost God-like complex after doing successful CPR that the person who was clinically dead was actually speaking to his doctor at the hospital. And EMTs burst with pride after hearing that the woman with a severed spine was packaged so well that she was able to walk down her wedding aisle nine months after being pulled from a devastating auto accident. And of course there is the beauty of delivering a healthy baby to a young mother in the back of a rig because she thought she had more time to get to the hospital. There’s also the heartbreaking calls of pulling a young teenage couple from a car wreck knowing that at least one or both won’t ever

have the chance to graduate high school or start their own young family. Tears have to be hidden when the young mother you’ve been trying to resuscitate is finally called and her husband explains to his children that their mother is gone. And sometimes all you can do is hold the hand of a patient who knows that this is his last trip to the hospital because he is finally succumbing to a terminal illness. Short of donning your uniform and hoping to have enough time to finish your rig check before the first tones go out, there is nothing typical when you are part of EMS. So why, why do we do it? It certainly isn’t for the high pay (not). The job is physically demanding and so full of stress that can sometimes instigate our own health issues. Even

the novelty and excitement of responding lights and sirens wears off after a while. There are many who do choose to train and work in the EMS system. They make a difference, no doubt about it — sometimes saving a life, sometimes just bringing comfort to someone who is scared, and sometimes just letting someone know they were not alone when it mattered. An EMS career is challenging, it’s never boring, every day IS different and every day you learn something new because there is no way a textbook can teach you everything you are capable of. And the camaraderie of an EMS crew is remarkable, with a bond which can’t be measured. That’s why we are EMS.



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Joshua and Pawling Fire Chief Everett White.


Henry Repeating Arms Helps Honorary Firefighter Pawling, NY - In March of 2017, then 13-year-old Joshua Brennan received the rare award of being named "Honorary Firefighter" by Pawling Fire Chief Everett White for Brennan's outstanding dedication to the Pawling Fire District (see story #030517105). By all accounts, Brennan is a special young man. His level of maturity is decades beyond his actual age. His upbeat attitude masks the fact that he is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Joshua was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome before his birth. In his 14 years he has undergone several operations, including 10 major surgeries. In 2017, the determination that he needed a heart transplant was made clear when he suffered heart failure. Joshua now has a pacemaker and two valves that are keeping him active around the Pawling firehouse. Joshua's dedication to the Pawling Fire Department can be attributed to his father Tom, a firefighter himself in Pawling. Both are known to be selflessly dedicated to helping others and that attitude has garnered the attention of the community they live in, as well

JUMP TO FILE #030518117 as the surrounding area, including Tri-County Sporting Goods in Patterson, located in the neighboring county of Putnam. Joe Petrucelli, the owner of Tri-County, recognized the enormous financial burden that Joshua's condition has placed on the Brennan family and has stepped up to help with the assistance of Henry Repeating Arms and their "Guns for Great Causes" initiative. Fifty-four special rifles were created by Henry Repeating Arms; 54 being Pawling's call sign. Twenty-four of the rifles were donated directly to the Firemen for Joshua Foundation ( and the remaining 30 were purchased by Petrucelli to be purchased through his business. All proceeds from the sales are going directly to the Brennan family. Those interested in purchasing one of the firearms to help Joshua live a long life as a firefighter can call Joe Petrucelli at 845-878-6084. - TODD BENDER


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Jamestown, NY - Over 200 firefighters and police officers from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties gathered on Friday, February 16th for the funeral of Michael Seeley, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy and Bemus Point firefighter who died earlier in the month after battling leukemia.

“Every memory I have of Mr. Seeley is of him smiling," said Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace during the funeral service. “He exemplified the mission statement of the Sheriff’s Office. He touched so many lives." - JOHN SMITH


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Meet the Faugh family of public service, pictured here at the 2018 Rush F.D. Past Officers Banquet held on March 3rd. (L to R): Bob Faugh-Past Chief, Present Commissoner & Fire Police Capt./Rush FD, and NYS Trooper for 26 years; Linda Faugh-Past Officer/Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary; Jon FaughNYS Trooper, Asst. Chief/Rush FD; Jeff Faugh-Dansville Police, Livingston Co. Sheriff & Chief/East Avon FD; Beth Faugh-Firefighter/EMT, Past President/Rush FD; Sally Faugh-Past Officer/Ladies Auxiliary; Ron Faugh-Past Chief, Past Commissioner, Present Capt./Rush FD, former Capt. & Safety Officer/Rochester FD; and Stacey Faugh-East Avon F/F and Dept. Secretary.

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Members of the Mechanicville FD who received special recognition at the department's annual banquet.


Jeff Alonzo receives an award for his 10 Years of Service as chief of the Mechanicville FD.


Mechanicville F.D. Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Colonie, NY - The Mechanicville Fire Department held its annual banquet on Saturday, January 13th at the Century House in Latham. Several members were honored for their service, including Joe Dugan, who was recognized for 70 years with the department. Special awards were given to Nicholas Dunn as Officer of the Year, Josiah Watt as Firefighter of the Year, and Justin Lajuett as Rookie of the Year. Outgoing Chief Jeff Alonzo was also recognized. He has spent 30 years with the department, including 10 as chief. He will be stepping down this year in favor of John Dunn.


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How’s Your Rubber Band? Chaplain's Corner Didymus McHugh

Tom Ward with his newly presented awards in front of 54-51.


Pawling Firefighter Brings Home Hardware JUMP TO FILE #030518118 Pawling, NY - Twenty-year-old Pawling Firefighter Tom Ward brought home two different awards from the department's installation dinner held on March 3rd. Ward, who is studying Business Administration at Dutchess Community College, received the Chief's Appreciation award from Chief Everett White, and the President's award from District President Dennis Brunow. According to Chief White, Firefighter Ward is always available to help with truck checks, bingo and other tasks. Speaking of the volunteer that recently completed Firefighter 1, Chief White said "Tom is always ready to step up and in to get the task done." President Brunow also credited Ward's dedication to the department when presenting the award to Ward and Jennifer Greiner. Brunow said the award is given to

those members that do more around the firehouse than is expected. On receiving the awards, the young firefighter said "these awards mean a lot to me, however I wasn't expecting it at all. I see myself as a dedicated member of the Pawling Fire Department. I love doing what I do and that's why I do it. From running calls to washing rigs, rig checks and cleaning up around the bays, I love it all and would not give it up for anything." In addition to the honors bestowed upon Ward and Greiner, several others were honored including John Beckett as Firefighter of the Year, Francis Schmitt for Officer of the Year and Tim Higgins received the 24/7/365 honor. Honorable Mention awards were presented to Mike Brown, Tom Brennan and Albert Akin. Two members were honored for 50 years of dedicated service to the district; Frank Tompkins and Garvin Brunow.



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There is a demonstration of resiliency that shows our resiliency, our sense of bouncing back is like a rubber band. After we experience a traumatic event or something stressful, we need to look at if we come back to the same place where we started, like a rubber band that has been stretched. We stretch the rubber band and release it and watch it go back to where it started. The more intense the pressure and/or the longer the pressure, the less were are going to go back to when we began, just like the rubber band. The more and more that we are stretched without our coping skills and self-care skills, we can snap like that rubber band. Our coping to stress starts long before we ever respond to any emergency call. It starts with the relationships that we develop, how well we are trained, what we do to relax and what we do to seek joy. It includes understanding what the signs of stress are. Some people show stress some different ways, but most are the same. Do you know who you can talk with? A

friend, chaplain, crisis team....Who do you have? What do we do when we are in the middle of the crisis? On a scene, we may not have time to remove ourselves from the scene. We can remove ourselves from the scene. We can try tactical breathing exercises, to bring our breathing under control and our pulse. There was an incident that I was about to go in with a partner but I could see that his mind was someplace else. I asked him what was going on. He said that I was the only one that noticed. We had a quick discussion and went on with our assignment. Yes, I could have just gone in with him and not discuss it, but it came to me "Two in, two out" and I wanted to make sure it would be two out. A few minutes to address someone's stress can make a big difference on the overall scene. What about after the scene? Do you exercise when you are stressed? Do you pray, do yoga, go for a bike ride? There are so many things that people do. Jesus after feeding 5,000 people, made the disciples get into a boat and go ahead of him and dismissed the crowds. "After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone." Matthew 14:23 See, we

may all need some time alone to do self-care. I do not think that anyone is immune. Even God rested on the seventh day. If we do not treat our stress and take hold of it, we can have psychological issues, or physical issues, like a heart attack. We need to reduce as much stress that we can. When I was on a Hazmat team, we had physicals annually to make sure that we were in shape. When we went to a scene, we had our vital signs checked before and after entering into the hot zone. When we came out, we had a certain amount of time for our vitals to come within ten percent of our baseline. If we did not stabilize, we got a ride to the hospital, no negotiations. Resiliency may include running, eating healthy, playing with your kids, etc. We all need to take care of the stress and how it affects us. If we do not handle the stress, it will handle us. How do you feel about having a heart attack? Don't want one? Find a constructive way to deal with it. If you do not know how to build resiliency, you can always talk to people trained in crisis intervention. They are trained with a bunch of ideas. Stay safe, Didymus McHugh

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FDNY Mother and Daughter Killed in Brooklyn Apartment Fire Brooklyn, NY - FDNY Fire Marshals have determined that a fatal fire at 964 Belmont Avenue in Brooklyn on February 28th was accidental, caused by a JUMP TO FILE# space heater. The 030118113 three-alarm fire broke out around 1:30 A.M. and claimed the lives of two women, a mother and her adult daughter. FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said, “Two individuals living on the third-floor perished in the fire. They had a smoke alarm, but the smoke alarm was not working. People living on the second-floor were alerted by smoke alarms, and safely left the building. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of working smoke alarms. Carelessness leaving that unattended electric heater, and a lack of a working smoke alarm, cost two people their lives.” - FDNY



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Manhattan, NY - Twenty five years ago on February 26, 1993, FDNY members battled fire in the unstable collapse area of the parking garage below 2 World Trade Center, while others climbed the tower, searching for and evacuating civilians. Six people were killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and over 1,000 injured.


Richmond Engine 1 members wave to the crowd at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Staten Island on March 4th.


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FDNY members with 150th Anniversary ladder.


FDNY Proud to Support Veterans New York, NY - “When I was younger, I was a paperboy and an FDNY Firefighter lived on my route. He influenced my decision to join the Department. After my first deployment with the U.S. Army, I joined FDNY and started the Fire Academy. That was 17 years ago. I love being happy about going to work and helping people along the way. The FDNY is amazing at supporting their Veterans,” says FDNY Firefighter and US Army Sergeant First Class

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Oceanic Volunteer Fire Dept. members.


JUMP TO FILE #030118112 Rory Allen (right), Ladder 165, who is seen here with FDNY Firefighter and US Army Staff Sergeant Mike Perez (left), Engine 315. Currently, both FDNY members are deployed overseas in Afghanistan with the US Army. Firefighter Allen arrived home on February 11th for his 15-day leave and was surprised by mem-

bers of Engine 317 and Ladder 165 when he landed at the airport. “The Army takes up a lot of my time and it is nice to know that the Department will take care of me. The security and support I receive from them makes being away from home a little easier.” The FDNY is proud to support its Veterans, and currently has 44 members on extended Military leave. - FDNY

FDNY Participates in St. Patrick’s Day Parade Staten Island, NY - FDNY members and apparatus participated in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade that was held in Staten Island on March 4th.


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