Fire News New York State, October 2022

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October 2022

Volume 15, No. 12

See story on page 6. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

2 Nurses Help Firefighters in Extrication See story on page 10


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In this issue... Row House Burns in Rochester Rochester firefighters were dispatched to Electric Avenue for multiple calls reporting a fire. See story on page 8

3-Alarmer in Larchmont KO’d The Larchmont Fire Department was dispatched to Ocean Avenue for a reported structure fire. See story on page 10

Truck Fire on I-95

Two departments were dispatched to I-95 northbound for a tractor trailer fire. See story on page 12

Flames Damage a Pickup Schenectady firefighters battle a pickup truck on fire. See story on page 16

Rochester Vehicle Fire Engine 17 from the Rochester Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire. See story on page 24

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From the Editor’s Desk Dennis Whittam, Editor

Reflections on 9/11 and a Busy Fall Season As I write this editorial, the date is September 1, 2022. This editorial is my October editorial. Sitting at my desk, my mind is reflecting ahead to September 11, 2022. Taking a few moments remembering the day our nation was attacked, it is our duty to never forget September 11, 2001. I remember driving to work on a clear crisp day. The major story on the radio was about a “small” airplane that crashed into the World Trade Center. When I arrived at work, I immediately turned on the news and realized the airplane was not a small plane and my city was probably under attack. Yes, we were under attack. I reflected and shared my recollection with my readers for the past 21 years. Last year, I attended as many memorial services as possible. One year later I find myself thanking many of my photographers who joined me and spread throughout as many communities as possible, capturing photographs of the memorial services. Fire News utilized our photographs in our 9/11 20th Anniversary-Fire News Remembrance and Tribute edition. This magazine was a work of art that remembered all those lost on September 11, 2001, and continued paying tribute to those that passed away over the past 20 years due to illnesses spurred by toxic chemicals generated by the attack. When I pass

Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center, it is still common to find an FDNY Firefighter Transport Unit waiting outside of the hospital to bring one of our loved ones back home. As we move into 2023, try to think about something special your department can do to bring peace in our world. Plan on reflecting with your neighboring departments to never forget September 11, 2001. Remember to never forget those that continue to be lost to 9/11 diseases. Never Forget! As the summer months are passing us by and we enter the fall, are you prepared to do your job under different conditions? Already I am finding that the windows on my car are fogging up on the inside, making response a little slower. Before you know it, the inside fog will move to the outside of your car windows, and you will be reminded that winter is not far away. Please take the time to clear off your frosted windows before you respond to a call. Think about the children who are waiting at school bus stops. Use caution while responding through school zones and bus stops. I have seen two students who were badly hurt when they tried to run across a busy street to catch a bus that they were late for. Is your fire prevention program updated with new ideas to bring to the kids in your district?

Yes, September and October are busy times in the fire service. Polish off your ideas and incorporate new activities into your Safety Programs. If you need help, meet with your Fire Prevention Committees to discuss what you can do to embellish your Fire Prevention Program. Remember; if it wasn’t for the beep, you would still be asleep! Change your smoke and CO detector batteries or if you have 10-year detectors, check their dates to ensure that they are still good. Stay safe! - Dennis

Rochester Scrapyard Fire

At 1056 on August 14, 2022, the Rochester Fire Department was dispatched for the report of smoke and flames coming from a scrap yard on Steel Street. Rochester Police reported an active fire on arrival, and Battalion 2 requested a full structure assignment. A working fire was declared on the arrival of the first units, with an approximately 100- x 50-foot pile of scrap on fire. Crews worked to establish a water supply and begin to douse the flames, using handlines, a deck gun, and the aerial off Rochester Truck 10. The fire took roughly a half hour to bring under control, and employees at the scrap yard assisted with machinery and manpower to reach the seat of the fire in the pile. - Fire News photos by Matt Leo

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Cover Story

2-Alarms Sounded in Schenectady

Recently, Schenectady firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in a vacant structure extending into the attic. According to neighbors, vacant building on 2nd Avenue in Mount Pleasant after 911 calls the dwelling has been frequented by squatters. The exact cause was were received for heavy smoke in the area. Firefighters were con- labeled as suspicious. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber fronted with flames venting from the windows on the D side of the

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Row House Burns in Rochester

Man Rescued from Brooklyn Blaze

Rochester firefighters were dispatched to Electric Avenue for multiple calls reporting a fire. First arriving companies found a large 2-1/2 story row home with heavy fire venting from a dormer on the top floor. Lines were quickly stretched to the top floor and the floor below. A second alarm was transmitted due to the size of the building, bringing in extra resources. Through hard work, firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the area of origin. - Fire News photo by

Firefighters rescued a trapped civilian in a house fire on East 83rd Street on August 12, 2022. FDNY firefighters from Tower Ladder 170 and Rescue 2 found the victim suffering from severe burns and smoke inhalation He was removed to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition. Another resident suffered minor injuries. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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3-Alarmer in Larchmont KO’d The Larchmont Fire Department was dispatched to Ocean Avenue for a reported structure fire. Engine 33 arrived to a 2 -1/2 story structure with smoke showing. Immediately a 10-75 was transmitted, sending an engine and a FAST unit from the Town of Mamaroneck. New Rochelle responded with one engine and one ladder. Car 2221 reported smoke showing from the A/D corner of the structure and one line was placed into operation. Shortly after, Battalion 15 requested Pelham Ladder 2 to the scene. Car 2221 requested tones from 60 Control to have all members evacuate the structure due to heavy fire conditions. Battalion 15 requested a second alarm, bringing departments from the City of Rye and Scarsdale to the scene. The fire eventually went to a third alarm. Four lines were stretched and placed into operation along with two ladder pipes. Due to heavy fire conditions members did exterior operation to put out the fire. - Fire News photo by Brandon Colon

2 Nurses Aid in Extrication In Glenville, the driver of a minivan lost control on Glenridge Road striking a vehicle and a utility pole before coming to rest on its side in the front yard of a home. Two nurses from Conifer Park Health Care, located across the street, climbed on top of the van to stabilize the driver as firefighters from Stratton Air National Guard, Alplaus and East Glenville extricated the driver. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

MVA in Elsmere On June 28, 2022, Elsmere Fire, Delmar Bethlehem EMS and Bethlehem Police responded to Kenwood Avenue for a personal injury crash involving three vehicles. First arriving units found two vehicles with significant damage off the side of the road. EMS evaluated the patients involved. Elsmere fire personnel secured the vehicles and cleaned up the scene while Kenwood Avenue was shut down at the entrance of the bypass. Police investigated the cause. - Fire News photo by Lindmark Photography

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Quick Stop in Rochester

Fire Heavily Damages Convenience Store

In the evening of May 22, 2022, Rochester firefighters responded for a house fire on Smith Street. Engine 5, stationed down the street, quickly arrived to find smoke coming from a home. Firefighters were able to get to the attic and make quick work of the fire. - Fire News photo by

In June, Amsterdam firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at the Stewart’s Shop at Market and Storrie streets after fire was reported shortly after 2200. A tower ladder from neighboring Johnstown Fire Department was special called to help control the blaze. The origin of the fire was reported to be in the area of the restrooms. No injuries were reported. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

Junkyard Fire in Brooklyn

Truck Fire on I-95

FDNY Tower Ladder 120 transmitted an urgent 10-75 for heavy fire conditions in a Brooklyn junkyard on August, 12, 2022. Units used a defensive posture to battle the blaze, also using Tower Ladder 170 and three handlines. The fire was placed under control at 0815. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

On July 29, 2022, at around 0930, the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department along with the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department were dispatched to I-95 northbound for a tractor trailer fire. When the first-due engine arrived, they quickly stretched the trash line and began extinguishing the fire. Foam operation was used because fire had erupted in the saddle tank. Engines 42, 41, 36 and 51 all stretched trash line off of their rigs. The fire was knocked down within 27 minutes. - Fire News photo by Brandon Colon

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Irondequoit House Fire

On the afternoon of July 16, 2022, Irondequoit firefighters were dispatched to Culver Road for multiple reports of a house fire. Firefighters arrived to heavy fire showing from the Delta side of the home with propane tanks also involved. Lines were stretched and

crews were able to get water on the fire allowing other members to get in and do a search of the home. Roof crews were able to get holes cut in the roof and the fire was out a short time later. - Fire News photos by

Up Close and Personal

A Probie from FDNY Ladder 131 at a fire on East 83rd Street in Carnarsie, Brooklyn. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Amsterdam Battalion Chief Robert Krygowski. - Fire News photo by Mark Perfetti

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Flames Damage a Pickup

On July 2, 2022, Schenectady firefighters battle a pickup on fire on Bradley Boulevard shortly before 0300. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported for the incident. - Fire News photos by Peter R. Barber

Quick Stop in Rochester At 2157 on July 1, 2022, the Rochester Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the attic of a dwelling on Crossfield Road. Engine 9 arrived to heavy smoke showing from a 1-½ story dwelling and stretched a line. Units quickly identified that the fire was in the attic, and made quick work of the fire with a combination of an interior attack and roof ventilation. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature and the single occupant of the home made it out safely. - Fire News photo by Matt Leo

House Saved, Tragedy Averted Catskill fire was dispatched for a structure fire in the Jefferson Heights section. Car 3 confirmed heavy smoke showing with a victim on the second floor. Catskill Car 2 arrived and took command as Car 3 entered the building searching for a reported victim. County Car 2, who lives close by, kept control of the main entrance of the home to prevent family members from re-entering. Upon reaching the second floor and forcing the door, the victim was located in the front bedroom with a light smoke condition, due to his door being closed. Simultaneously, the first engine arrived and put a line in service. Four firefighters were on a line to the rear of the first floor. A captain and Hudson Car 2 headed up to the second floor to assist with the victim. After a very quick hit on a closet and hallway, all visible fire was knocked down. Due to the fast work of getting water on the fire, the victim was unharmed. Hudson Fire assisted at the scene as well as a Catskill ambulance and state police. Athens and West Athens Fire were on standby - Fire News photo by John C. Miller

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Port Chester Structure Fire On July 12, 2022, at around 1624, the Port Chester Fire Department was dispatched to Fox Island Road for a structure fire. Engine 61 arrived to smoke showing from a 2-1/2 story structure. Purchase, City of Rye, the Town of Mamaroneck FAST and Rye Brook also responded to the scene. Car 2391 arrived to heavy fire on the second floor on the 3-4 corner and requested Valhalla Rehab to the scene. The fire was knocked down within 31 minutes. - Fire News photos by Brandon Colon

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Heavy Fire in Fairport

Early in the morning of July 26, 2022, Fairport firefighters were dispatched to Olde Prestwick Way for a fire. On arrival, companies found heavy fire running up the rear of a large dwelling and extending to the eaves of the home. Crews quickly stretched lines to the rear of the structure as well as to the front door to make an interior push on the fire, but the flames entered and ran across the attic.

Firefighters were pulled out of the home as structural stability became a worry with the collapse of the roof. Two tower ladders were put into operation to knock down the heavy main body of fire before crews were able to re-enter the structure to finish the remaining fire. - Fire News photos by

Suspicious Car Fire in Glenville

On August 1, 2022, Thomas Corners volunteer firefighters were alerted to a car fire off Freemans Bridge Road in the Schenectady County village of Glenville. Alpaus firefighters assisted with an engine for water supply due to the distance away from the main road. The fire was under investigation. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

Tractor Trailer Hits Rotterdam Bridge

On August 2, 2022, South Schenectady firefighters and Rotterdam EMS were called to Interstate 90 in the eastbound lane for a tractor trailer truck that struck the Putnam Road overpass, ripping the roof of the trailer off like a sardine can and spreading bottled and canned food items onto the Thruway. The driver suffered shoulder and back injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. - Fire News photo by Peter R. Barber

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South Jamaica 2-Alarmer

5 Injured in Williamsburg 3-Alarmer

The FDNY struck a second alarm for a fire in two private dwellings on 123rd Avenue in South Jamaica on June 26, 2022. Units arrived to find a heavy fire condition in the rear of a private dwelling with the flames extending to the home next door. Lines were stretched and truck companies went to work to bring the blaze under control. - Fire News photo by

Firefighters in Williamsburg recently battled a three-alarm fire. Ladder Company 108 transmitted an urgent 10-75 for heavy fire out the second floor, auto extending to the third floor and an exposure building on Meserole Street on August 12, 2022. The incident left five people with minor injuries. Firefighters used six hoselines to knock down the fire. - Fire News photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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Speed a Factor in Feura Bush MVA

On June 9, 2022, the Onesquethaw Fire Department and EMS responded to a personal injury crash on Route 32, Indian Fields Road, in Feura Bush. Upon arrival they found two vehicles in the middle of the highway. One of vehicles was speeding and crashed into the back of the other vehicle that had slowed to make a left hand turn into the Stewarts Shop. Two passengers were transported to the hospital by Onesquethaw Ambulance. The Albany County Sheriffs issued two tickets to the one driver. - Fire News photo by Tom Heffernan

Rochester Vehicle Fire

At 2357 on July 19, 2022, Engine 17 from the Rochester Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of an apartment building on Alexander Street. They arrived to find a car fully involved, and quickly stretched a line. The fire was contained to the vehicle and did not spread to any exposures, and fire investigators responded to determine the cause. - Fire News photo by Matt Leo

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Hosts Wellness Conference

Sixty families came to Rochester from all over the country to attend the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) 2022 Fire Hero Family Wellness Conference. The conference was held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Henrietta from May 17 to May 20, 2022, and included seminars, workshops and community visits to area highlights. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is in Emmitsburg, MD. The foundation’s mission is “to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.” This annual conference is

key to achieving their mission. Conference attendees were greeted by local firefighters, dignitaries, and other survivors as they ventured through the week. Morning sessions on “Building Resilience Through Nature,” “Strong at the Broken Places,” “A Deafening Silence,” and “Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family in Stressful Times” were just a few of the topics they could choose from. A Men’s Service Project was hosted at the Fire Museum in Brockport where some landscaping was completed and fellowship with local firefighters provided. Off-site tours in the afternoon were provided to Mount Hope Cemetery, Highland Park, Strong Museum of Play, the

George Eastman House and more. Dinner was provided on Wednesday evening at the Spencerport Fire District where the attendees got to experience local dining delicacies such as a “plate” or a Beef-on-Weck with Salt Potatoes. The Rochester Area NFFF team worked with the foundation for many months planning the conference. While the foundation sought speakers and presenters, the local committee of community volunteers worked with local businesses and venues to enhance the experience for the attendees and showcase all that Rochester and Monroe County has to offer our visiting families. - Fire News photos by Christopher Martin

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International Firefighter Visits Brockport FD

Brockport firefighters were in for a surprise visit when Joerg Richter rode his bicycle into town as his cross-country journey brought him down the Erie Canal into the historic Village of Brockport. Richter has ridden through over 30 US states, and 17 different countries in Europe in his quest to raise awareness and funds for “Care for Rare: America.” Firefighter Richter served with the Kerpen Feuerwehr (Fire Department) outside Colon, Germany, for many years before leaving the fire service and moving north of Munich, where he has lived for the last 34 years. In his personal efforts to support Care for Rare, he has ridden across our country twice previously and has visited over 900 fire stations, spending the night at over 445 of them. He has been associated with Care for Rare for the last eight years after finding out a friend

of his had a child suffering from a rare childhood disease. After visiting some of these children in hospitals, he said he learned one thing from them; “Don’t postpone your dreams.” I asked him to describe his trip for us, and his response to was “I am living my dreams.” This year, his passage began in San Francisco where he arrived from Munich on March 14, 2022. He started his ride on March 22 and has been on the move since. His plan is to continue to New York City to complete his expedition. He also plans a brief stopover in Monroe, CT, where he will visit his son’s host family from an Educational Exchange his son participated in years ago. We consider ourselves fortunate there were firefighters at our station when he arrived. His Brockport visit with us included tours of our headquarters and the Brockport Fire Museum on Main Street where he met

Village Mayor Margay Blackman and was able to see our 9/11 Memorial. Care for Rare: America is a non-profit organization with centers in the US, Canada and across Europe, dedicated to improving the lives of children with rare diseases. Care for Rare was founded 13 years ago in Munich with ties to the US in Boston. According to their website: “The Carefor-Rare Alliance comprises a large network of physicians and scientists working at academic pediatric centers and science institutes to support the foundation’s mission: Treating children with rare diseases, discovering the causes of diseases, and developing new therapies.” The Brockport Fire District wishes Joerg well in his travels and appreciates the time he spent with us. - Fire News photos by Christopher Martin, Brockport PIO

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Boght Water Rescue Training

Boght Fire Department is requested many times throughout the year to assist with water rescues on the Mohawk River. Training is very important to them. Assistant Chief David Bagley and Captain Marc Rice spent two evenings with new members training them on what to do, what to expect and how to properly and safely assist someone while on a rescue call in the water. - Fire News photos by Lori Washburn

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Looking Back


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Fire News Honors FASNY 150th Anniversary

Fire News Publisher, Frank C. Trotta, and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Edwards, presented The Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) ex-President John Farrell, President Edward Tase, Jr., and First Vice-President Eugene Perry, Jr., with a special award recognizing the long standing relationship FASNY and Fire

News have and to honor the organizations 150th Anniversary Celebration. The presentation was made at the Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers, where the annual golf tournament dinner and awards were presented. - Fire News photos by Vinny Galvin

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NEW YORK STATE’S REVISED EXPERIENCE MODIFICATION RATING PROGRAM We at Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance have an important insurance update to share that will impact all Workers Compensation and Volunteer Firefighter Benefits Law (VFBL) policyholders in New York State. This applies to all insurance companies and providers doing business in New York State. As approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services the New York Compensation Insurance Rating Board (NYCIRB) has implemented a new calculation this year to determine the Experience Modification Factors (EMFs) for all New York State Employers — including fire districts. This may result in a significant change to some employers/fire districts EMFs which is based on the policyholder's loss experience. According to NYCIRB, after a detailed study they found that the prior calculation did not sufficiently incentivize workplace safety or adjust premiums to an appropriate level for individual risks. The experience modifier is a multiplying factor that's assigned to an employer/fire district each year by NYCIRB and reflects its claim history. This number is based on your actual cost of injuries compared to the expected costs for companies of a similar size in the same industry. Any change to your 2023 renewal EMF will directly

impact your premium. If an employer/fire district’s accident history is below average, they can get a credit on their workers’ compensation policy, meaning they pay less premium. If their experience is above average when compared to similar sized and types of employers/fire districts, they’ll pay more than average for the same type of coverage. The NYCIRB has made several resources available to employers on their website ( to facilitate in understanding the changes they have made. Putting safety first is critical for managing workers' compensation and VFBL losses. Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Co., Inc., provides our policyholders cost effective quality service including loss control services to help improve and maintain the health and safety of firefighters throughout New York State. We partner with local independent insurance brokers. Contact your Insurance Broker if you have any questions. Together we are dedicated to serve your needs. Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance Company, Inc. Founded by firefighters for firefighters to protect those that protect us. One Blue Hill Plaza, 16th Floor, Pearl River, NY 10965; 845-3528855;


The 5th Annual Firefighter Health & Wellness conference is coming soon to Beavercreek, Ohio, on October 26, 27 and 28, 2022. The Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference is the most affordable health and wellness conference in America! This year’s speakers include Former Firefighter, Police Officer, Author, and Comedian

Travis Howze, Save-a-Warrior Founder Jake Clark, FDNY Deputy Chief Frank Leeb, Retired FDNY Captain Mike Dugan, Retired OKCFD Major Chris Fields, Dr Sara Jahnke, Dr Jeff Burgess, and more! Visit our website to view our entire lineup and purchase your tickets!

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Annual Fire Chaplains Training Conference 2022

The NYSAFC held their Annual Training Conference at the Comfort Inn and Suites, East Greenbus. It was an informative conference with training from the Four Chaplains Foundation, NYS Office of Mental Health, and Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Chief Chaplain Thomas With gave the Association’s annual welcome. The Annual Memorial Service, and, Annual Dinner were also conducted during the Conference. Every day started with a time of prayers and devotions. The theme of the 2022 Conference was the “Four Chaplains.”

On Sunday evening, we had Chaplain Refresher Training, conducted by Executive Secretary William Miles, with assistance from Association 2nd Deputy Joseph McCarthy. This all took place during a power outage, which occurred when a local sub-station suffered an explosion. Monday began with a short welcome by Chief Chaplain Thomas With. He introduced Rev. Gary Holden, Senior Chaplain of the Four Chaplains Foundation. Rev. Holden’s training presentation of the day was “Introduction to Being a Fire Chaplain.” The spouses were treated to a bus trip to the Bowman Orchards in Rexford. Association Director Chaplain Kevin Bowman and his wife Martha, organized the spouses outing. Also, past Chief Chaplain, Rev. Leon Van Wie, was presented with his past Chief Chaplain’s Badge and a plaque of grateful appreciation for his

dedication and devotion as Chief Chaplain from 2020 to 2022.

After a brief meeting of the association on Tuesday morning, training started with Steven Moskowitz, MSW, NYS Office of Mental Health, with subjects on “Psychological First Aid - Responding to Extreme Stress,” a review of “NYS Project Hope” and “NYS Disasters and Mental Health Response.” Steven is the Director of the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness and Response.

On Tuesday evening, we held our Annual Memorial Service at the Fuller Road Fire Department. firehouse in Colonie, followed by dinner. The conference theme was based on the Four Chaplains and how our Association of Fire Chaplains had their humble beginnings. Our Memorial Address was given by Rev. Gary Holden. Also, during the Annual Memorial Service, Father Donald Rutherford, Major General (Chief Chaplain; ret.), of the US Army Chaplains, helped honor the Four Chaplains. He did so by lighting four separate candles during the association’s Joint Necrology reading of our deceased members, and, the Four Chaplains who gave up their life

vests on February 3, 1943, the night the SS Dochester, a US Army transport, was hit by a torpedo and sank in the Atlantic. During the dinner we also had Father Donald Rutherford, speak on the Four Chaplains. He also displayed his Bronze Star medal and other items of interest from his US Army position as Chief Chaplain. We also had a display, with explanation, of the “The Table set for One,” by American Legion Post 42, Chatham, Auxiliary President Barbara Fischer. Chief Chaplain Thomas With also presented identical plaques to Rev. Gary Holden, of the Four Chaplains Foundation, and to Senior Minister Lynn Bodden, of the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Lt. Charles V. Poling, one of the Four Chaplains, was a Pastor at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Please go to our Association’s website of for more historical information on the Four Chaplains. Also, please visit the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation website at, to read on how the Four Chaplains legacy is continued every day.

We concluded our conference on Wednesday with training on “Cancer in the NYS Fire Service,” by Fire Protection Specialist Timothy Graves, DHSES, Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Interested at joining the Association? Please contact Executive Secretary William Miles at: - Fire News story courtesy of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains

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Providing an Archway

Recently, the Winona Engine Company used their bucket truck, along with Cronomer Valley’s stick, to hang the American flag at the entrance of Algonquin Park. Other fire companies did a walk-

through on the fire truck showing the visitors parts of the fire truck. Other companies were handing out water bottles. - Fire News photo by Vinnie Dominick

Garbage Hauler Catches Fire on NYS Thruway

Fatal Fire in South Ozone Park

A trailer hauling garbage caught fire on the New York State Thruway northbound, just after Exit 22, in Selkirk recently. First arriving Selkirk Fire Department units found a trailer that was already separated from the truck, with flames coming from the back of the trailer. Firefighters initially used handlines, then Selkirk 29-70’s aerial was used to extinguish the fire. Roberts Towing assisted by pulling out the contents of the trailer to help speed up the process of putting out the fire. Assisting Selkirk was the Coeymans Fire Department. - Fire News photo by John C. Miller

Three people lost their lives in a five-alarm fire that consumed three houses and damaged several others on 125th Street near Liberty Avenue in the South Ozone Park section of Queens on June 17, 2022. Intense winds and soaring outside temperatures severely hampered fire operations. Two victims were discovered during initial operations and the third found later in the day. - Fire News photo by

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McGoldrick Celebrates 40 Years with 126 Lieutenant Tom McGoldrick of Ladder Company 126, is surrounded by his men on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary with the FDNY. - Fire News photo by

Columbia County Parade The Columbia County Volunteer Firefighters Association held their 97th Annual Convention Parade. - Fire News photo by Lindmark Photography

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Parade Time in Tarrytown On August 13, 2022, the Tarrytown Fire Department, along with FASNY, combined forced to have a parade, Tarrytown’s Inspection Parade and FASNY’s 150th Anniversary parade. The firefighter parade featured fire departments from New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut along with firefighters and their apparatus. Governor Kathy Hochul was a guest speaker. - Fire News photos by Jim Lepard

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BETHPAGE ENGINE 905 "Pride of Plainedge" 1998 Seagrave 1500 GPM single stage pump , 500 Gallon Water Tank , 40 Gallon Foam Tank. Served the residents of Bethpage from 1998- 2019 . The rig now belongs to the Harwood Fire Company located in Hazel Township Pennsylvania.

2001 EMERGENCY ONE Former West Niles Fire Company purchased by Damascus Arkansas 2001 Emergency One 1250 gpm with 1000 gallon tank.

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