1ST Responder Newspaper - NY
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1st Responder News is sad to announce the passing of our longtime columnist, Henry Campbell. Henry wrote a monthly column titled "Staying Safe," which was very much enjoyed by our readers.
Henry A. Campbell, 76, of Rhinebeck and formerly of Mount Vernon, NY, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at Westchester Medical Center.
Mr. Campbell was a 37 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Operations from 1986 to 1996, when he retired. He served two years as acting Fire Coordinator/Commissioner for Westchester County Department of Emergency Services from 1999-2000.
He was an Adjunct Instructor at the NYS Fire Academy, a member of the NYS Department of Civil Service Fire Advisory Committee, an OSHA Safety Trainer throughout the Hudson Valley, and was the first Director of the Westchester County Career Chiefs Academy. Mr. Campbell served on the Westchester County Arson Task Force from 1980-1996, Westchester County Local Emergency Planning Committee from 1987-1996, the Westchester County Fire Advisory Board from 1988-1996, as a NYS Fire Instructor for Dutchess County from 19831992, he was the Yonkers Command Post Coordinator after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and subsequently NYFD Terrorism Training Instructor, and as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Rhinebeck.
He was a member of the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the NYS Assoc. of Fire Chiefs, the Westchester County Fire Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester County Career Chiefs Assoc., the Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society, the Fireman's Assoc. of the State of NY, the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters-Local #107 Mount Vernon, the NYS Police & Fire Retirees Assoc., an Honorary Life Member of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department, and an active and faithful member of the Rhinebeck Fire Department.
In addition to his fire service and community involvement, Mr. Campbell was also devoted to his faith. He was a communicant of Good Shepherd Church and was a member of the Ushers Society of Good Shepherd Church for over 44 years. He also served as Head Usher for many of those years.
Mr. Campbell enjoyed his many friends and colleagues in the fire service, along with his pet dogs- Sparky, Muffet, Chowder, and Mollie. He also filled his days with family, friends, working on his computer, hunting, fishing, reading, and always learning each day. In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, he is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Campbell; his son, Kevin Campbell; a brother, Robert Campbell of Franklinton, NC; a sister, Marion Campbell of New York City, NY; along with extended family, countless colleagues and friends. May he Rest in Peace.
Boat Explosion Rocks the Hudson River Poughkeepsie, NY - On Sunday, August 21st, reports came through of a boat on fire near the gas dock of the Hyde Park Marina on the east bank of the Hudson River in Dutchess County. Fairview Fire De- JUMP TO FILE# partment responded 082117103 with 41-11 and the Poughkeepsie Fire Department sent their Marine-1 up to the scene with Lt. Eric Dodd, FF Ron Holder and FF Eric Dingee aboard. Fairview worked to prevent further exposure to surrounding property while Marine-1 raced up the river. The Roosevelt FD relocated one of their engines to the Fairview FD to handle calls for Fairview. Chris Sekul, a recreational boater with more than two decades of boating experience was aboard his craft, the "One Night Stand," and was able to secure photos of the scene, including PFD Marine-1, for 1st Responder News. According to Sekul, Fairview and Poughkeepsie were joined at the scene by Sea Tow and the Ulster County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office deployed Sgt. Todd Grieb aboard Enforcer-1 to provide additional assistance. The explosion, with an undetermined cause, aboard the pleasure craft took place in close proximity to the gas pumps. - TODD BENDER
Henry Campbell, 1940 - 2017