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A look inside the emergency services & urgent care offerings in our region A special section of the SULLIVAN COUNTY

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Thank You to All Emergency Responders

MARCH 2021

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A true dedication of service

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ach year this special journal honors our emergency responders. Even in normal times their service is invaluable, deserving all the credit in the world. They work long hours, miss holidays and time with family, just to be there for us. But the past 365 days have been anything but normal. While many of us have isolated ourselves from others in an attempt to avoid the Coronavirus, these emergency responders did not have that luxury. Once again they answered the call, heading into much of what was deemed “the unknown” with this virus. They were on the frontlines. They continued to show up and be there for the community as that reassuring voice on our worst days. Something should also be said for the families of our emergency responders. They too deserve recognition for the sacrifices they also make, so that their emergency responder can be there for us. Throughout this section you will see a number of emergency responders highlighted. This includes three volunteer fire companies celebrating milestone

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The Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Congratulates

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for your continued services Thank you all and dedication to our communities!

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Grahamsville Fire Dept. gears up to host 2021 parade By Carol Montana

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The 93rd Annual SCVFA Parade will take place in Grahamsville on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

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Congratulations to the Grahamsville Fire Department on 75 years!

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The Grahamsville Fire Department is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year.

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t’s a tradition that goes back

meaning for Grahamsville since

nearly a century, and come

it’s also the year of their 75th

this September 18, the 93rd

anniversary. “We’ve been plan-

Sullivan County Volunteer Fire-

ning this for the past four or five

fighter’s Association (SCVFA)

years,” explained McCarthy, “and

Parade is securely in the hands

the backing from the community

of the Grahamsville Fire Depart-

has been great in our fundraising

ment. Back in 2005, Gra-

endeavors. We feel it will be great

hamsville joined with both the

for the community after the past

Claryville and Neversink Fire

year that we've all had.”

Departments to host the 77th

Thank you to all our Emergency Responders!

planning of the parade is com-

Parade. Grahamsville’s Chief Ed

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McCarthy said the idea of host-

fire department and the Ladies

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Auxiliary. Meeting monthly right

few years back, “We brought it

now, the group will meet more

up at a meeting and the mem-

frequently as the parade nears.

bership was behind it.”

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While it’s still too early to discuss the parade’s route,

We thank all our emergency services for all that they do!

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McCarthy does know that the

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By Diana Duffy

The Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps teamed up with the Callicoon Fire Department for this training exercise.

can. The more you see and experience the better and more comfortable you become at the profession. Good news is once you obtain your EMT status or any of the other varying levels of certification, maintaining your certification can be completed through continuing education classes over three years. The commitment to continuing education helps to stay current with the ever-changing practices and protocols. Whether online or in person, the choice is yours. Though many of us enjoy attending the conferences, giving us the opportunity to attend classes, mingle with colleagues, old friends and share stories, relax, unwind. Being an active member of an agency requires commitment to answer the call when asked. Knowing that the average call will take you away from your family or

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olunteering, is it a lost art? ... I do not think so. Historically, small communities were centered around family, school, religion, the local fire department, and in the mid 1960’s, the ambulance corps. Families were involved in one or more of the organizations. In more recent years when asked about volunteering, the response is, “I just don’t have the time.” We are all busy; working long hours to make ends meet, finding time to relax and enjoy friends and family. I hear it all too often. The problem arises if we all take that stance then we are likely to lose a valuable asset in our community. Each year we read about another volunteer Ambulance Corps closing their doors due to lack of manpower. In the past 30 years, I have seen the loss of several agencies in Sullivan County; Monticello,

Liberty, and Fallsburg to name a few. Compound that by the agencies closing their doors across the state and the country. What if people had stepped up to volunteer, could they still be operating today? Possibly. So why consider volunteering with your local EMS agency? To be a part of the solution! To assist people; your neighbors, friends, and family at a time when they need it the most. However, being a part of an ambulance corps is not an easy task. It takes commitment but it can also be one of the most rewarding journeys you could take. So, what does that commitment entail? It starts with stepping up and choosing to reach out to your local agency. If you are not sure who that may be in Sullivan County, you can go to the County website (www.sullivan ny.us) under the Bureau of EMS;

all the contacts are listed. Find the one nearest you and call, ask questions and join. Attend meetings to find where you will fit in best. What is needed most are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and drivers. If that is not something you can do, perhaps fundraising and clerical work is. The most important step is deciding to join. Most squads allow members to join at 18 years old but that may vary with each squad. There is the commitment to becoming an EMT; which requires education set forth by the New York State Department of Health. One will need to attend class several nights a week for about six months. After successful completion, there is a state exam. Pass that exam and you are an EMT. Now what? Best advice I can give is to ride calls, as many and as often as you

job for 1-3 hours on average. Many agencies have set schedules but many, due to the lack of members, do not have that advantage. So, whoever is available answers the call for help. Just think if each agency had an abundance of members. As the saying goes to quote John Heywood, “Many hands make light work.” As with so many facets in life, to sustain your commitment, you should find a mentor. That person whose skills and commitment guide your direction. We all have good moments and bad moments, that’s life. It is your job to observe and model yourself from the best of all you see and hear. This will only make you the best at whatever you do in life. Throughout my life and career, I have been influenced by so many people. As a child my mother, grandparents and uncle were members of


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the Mamakating First Aid Squad. I listened to their stories, and helped when it came to stuffing envelopes or setting up for a Penny Social. Being encouraged by them to take First Aid Classes when I was old enough. As my career path led me into the nursing profession and eventually the ER, I have worked alongside some outstanding providers, too many to name, but I have taken some pearls of wisdom or characteristics that has shaped the way I provide care today. Without realizing it we all do; no one ever does this alone; we are shaped by every person or event we encounter. Learn from the times that things do not go as smoothly as this could or should have. So often in EMS we are taught that this is what needs to be done in this order; A.B.C. and so on. What you quickly will learn is that every situation holds its own challenges and that as EMS providers we learn to pivot and adapt to whatever is sent our way. We all have seen the disasters on T.V. or in a movie, but those are the rare calls. More often the challenges come from how I can safely move someone without causing further harm, or how can I best calm a scared or injured patient. With those observations, comes the time to practice. Practice the protocols given to us and how to adapt them to the observations you have made to do it better the next time. And YES; there will be a next time. You have made the choice. You have committed your time to the

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agency, to the education, and to the ongoing training and to your community; but what does it mean to be a part of an EMS agency? It means you have joined a group of people who have banded together and committed to be there for their community. A group of people that work side by side in some of the toughest situations. They share moments in other people’s lives that will not only impact the lives CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS of the people we help but our Members of the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps walk with pride at a past own lives as well. They are also a community event. group of people that take advantage of every moment to laugh together, be it a work drill, cleaning up after a call, or a parade in town. We must take this time to appreciate the lighter side of the commitment we have chosen. They are the group of people you will lean on and cry with after experiencing the worst moments in other people’s lives. Most importantly they are some of the best people you will ever meet along life’s journey. There is a phrase it takes a village to raise a child. The same could be said about maintaining the organizations vital to the community. Be a part of the solution. Take that next step to keeping a vital resource alive in your community. Become a member of your local EMS agency. Diana Duffy is an ER Nurse at Grover M. Hermann Hospital and presently a lieutenant at the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps Inc.

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Village of Liberty Police Chief Scott Kinne recently announced he’d be retiring after 27 years with the department and nearly nine as chief.

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illage of Liberty Police Chief Scott Kinne said his philosophy has always been to leave something better than when you found it. Looking back on a career spanning some 27 years, Kinne feels confident he’s achieved that as he announces his retirement from the department. Kinne, whose official last day is April 14, plans to recommend Sergeant Steven D’Agata to the Village of Liberty Board as his replacement. A born and raised Liberty native, Kinne graduated from Liberty High School in 1990. He earned an associate degree in criminal justice from SUNY Sullivan in 1992 and became a full-time officer with the

Liberty Police Department (LPD) in 1994. “They say that in this line of work, the more change you can have throughout your career the more you get out of it,” Kinne said. Kinne rose through the ranks at the department during a time when things were changing fast. LPD added the K-9 program in 1996 and Kinne served as K-9 officer from 1996 through 2003. In 2003, the LPD was investigating a number of shooting cases which Kinne helped to resolve. Due in part to that experience, Kinne made detective and served in that capacity from 2004 through 2009, eventually becoming detective sergeant in 2009, giving him

supervisor abilities. Kinne was appointed police chief in 2012, having been approved unanimously by the village board to replace retiring Chief Rob Mir (who currently serves as a village trustee). “In my career I was fortunate enough to do many things. I think that doing detective work really helps when becoming a chief,” he explained. “I knew we had to be out in the community and be visible on our patrols with officers in uniform. And we needed to complete our cases thoroughly so we had a solid detective division that could solve anything from a simple petit larceny to homicide.” LPD experienced a budget crisis

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in 2011 and when Kinne became chief a lot of his early work was helping the department recover and move forward. “I think we have recovered. The village board has been very supportive of everything here at the police department now. So this is time for me to go when I know we’re in good hands with the board and we have a good group of officers who know what’s expected of them.” The department has confronted many changes over the past year alone, including dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and developing a police reform plan. Kinne said some of his proudest accomplishments have been


modern equipment of any policing agency in the county,” Kinne said. Liberty was also among one of the first police agencies in the county to utilize Facebook –– informing the public not only about arrests but also about positive things and community events. Kinne brought the School

Resource Officer (SRO) program back after that too was impacted by budget constraints. He partnered with schools to help cover some of the costs. “Every school has an SRO now,” Kinne said. “The program is fabulous and the schools love to have them.” Some changes to the department were smaller, but important

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nonetheless. When Kinne became chief, officers’ headwear was changed from baseball caps back to the eight-point hats. “You see that person on the street. They don’t blend in. I think it helped with our appearance and made us look more professional.” Kinne credits his staff and offiCONTINUED ON PAGE 16E

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expanding foot and bicycle patrols, reviving the program School Resource Officers and overseeing the expansion of their officer training programs. “With the way society is and what’s demanded from police these days, we’ve increased our training program probably by four times. There’s not a month that goes by that there’s not in-house training by general topics instructors. Several years ago, LPD acquired Lexipol, a private company based in Frisco, Texas that provides policy manuals, training bulletins, and consulting services to law enforcement agencies. “I’m happy that we got that in place under my tenure,” Kinne said. Due to budget constraints upon becoming chief, Kinne said a lot of their equipment was outdated. He was able to work with the District Attorney’s Office to direct some money seized from drug cases to update the department’s aging equipment. “Now we have some of the most

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KINNE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15E

Congratulations

Scott

Your hard work and dedication to our community will always be remembered. Thank You!!! We wish you a very happy retirement. Enjoy!!! from The Board of Trustees and all your friends at the Village of Liberty

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Kinne was sworn as Village Police Chief by Liberty Town Justice Harold Bauman in June of 2012. Since that time he’s worked to, among other things, expand foot and bicycle patrols, increase officer training opportunities and revive the School Resource Officer program.

cers with helping LPD to become a stable and more visible force in the community during his tenure. In this new chapter of his life, Kinne said he’s excited to spend more time with his family. His oldest daughter, Erin, is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Tactical Law Enforcement Team based out of San Diego and his younger daughter Emily is in school to become a

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Fallsburg FD celebrates a century of community service By Carol Montana CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

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ow things change over 100 years! The year 1921 saw the invention of the audiophone, which tests hearing loss, as well as the discovery of light particles (photons), and the application of insulin to control diabetes. Fast forward to 2021 and we have winter jackets with heating elements, solar chargers, and a handheld device telling you what ingredients are in your food. Things have changed too for the Fallsburg Fire Department (FFD), and as they celebrate their centennial, here’s a look back at their history. The beginning

On a cold winter midnight in 1912, the Cohen Butcher building caught fire. The flames spread, even crossing the street as water froze in the buckets. The community took up a collection to help the business owners. Eight years later, some citizens met at the Fallsburg Lumber Company to discuss raising money to form a fire company, so the community would no longer have to rely on the Monticello Fire Department. The group included Joe Calvin, Louis J. Levine, Sam Levine, Ed Glickman, Izzy Gold

Fallsburg FD members pictured in the late 1920s. Left to right: Ed Teller, Sam Rifkin, Ed Glickman, Harry Zeiger, Louie Rosenbloom, Julie Greck, Mendel Feldman, Sam Griff, Alter Kunis, Sam Feldman, Frank Feldman, Al Atmark, Joe Calvin, Andrew Leonchick, Charles Fleisher. At right: A photo from last summer shows three of Fallsburg’s bravest during an air consumption drill with drafting and aerial operations.

and Clarence Porter. Before long $5,520 was raised. In March of 1921, the group announced the organization of the FFD. By 1922, the first motorized vehicle, a Reo pumper, was purchased and housed in a small building on Laurel Avenue in South Fallsburg. By September of 1925 the department had its own building. Because they now had equipment, the FFD was able to send mutual aid to the Shindler’s Prairie House Resort on Washington’s Birthday in 1926. Twelve people died in that fire. In 1931, the community requested the fire district expansion and a proposition to that effect passed CONTINUED ON PAGE 20E

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by a healthy majority. Of course more protection for more property brought the need for more equipment. Formal dress uniforms were also purchased, and the company celebrated its first decade. Old equipment was sold, new equipment was purchased, and in 1933 new commissioners were elected, and the office of Chief Engineer was made into a paid position at $250/year. The same year, a banquet was held at the Elm Shade Hotel chaired by Louis Rosenbloom who reported “all arrangements have been made … at a price of $4.50 per couple, which includes dinner, printing the programs, and a band.” A resolution was drawn up in March of 1933 protesting the persecution of the Jews in Germany and the company voted to attend a protest meeting at the Ambassador Hotel. The big news the following year was that the FFD came in first, ahead of four other depart-

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ments in the Town of Fallsburg Pinochle Tournament. The year 1938 saw the FFD’s first casualty when Jack Rein was injured at the Elm Shade fire and died of blood poisoning. The 1940s saw the purchase of an emergency truck, a firehouse upgrade and guards being placed at the firehouse to prevent wartime sabotage. “Friends” of the guards moved the trucks while the guards slept and later berated them for “negligence.” As time rolled on, so did the price of equipment, and by 1948 the voters approved $18,000 for a Pumping Engine. In the early ‘50s, the Annual Fallsburg Fireman’s Ball became the place to be seen and President Morris Gold convinced many performers that they’d be considered “big time” if they entertained (for free) at the event. Celebrities who answered the call included Sam Levinson and Jerry Lewis. And

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mid-decade saw World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano being installed as Honorary Chief. Also in the 1950s, bigger (and taller) resorts throughout the county necessitated the purchase of a ladder truck, and a group of members took the FFD’s pumper to the city for the New York State Firefighters Parade. Barbecues and softball games, new equipment and a fire at Zakarin’s Warehouse marked the 1960s, accompanied by the first use of the paging devices called Plectrons. The FFD’s community room was utilized by Sullivan County Community College, and some of the students doubled as firefighters. The second 50 years

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The Fallsburg Fire Department’s Color Guard led the contingent at the 2016 Fire Parade.

Fire Police Chief Harry Shapiro, who was killed by a drug-impaired driver as he directed traffic at the scene of a car fire on Hill 16 (Route 42). An historic event of a happy kind occurred in 1979 when the first designated female firefighter, Darlene Allan, was welcomed into the company. The 1980s began on a sad note as Weiss’s Butcher Shop was destroyed by fire in January. But in 1981 the FFD celebrated its 60th anniversary. The rest of the decade saw a firehouse renovation, new trucks, and a fire at Pop-Ins Restaurant that destroyed the building. Social activities in the 1990s included softball and ski teams, and a recreation area on Echo Lake, where members conducted water and ice rescue drills, as well as a popular ice fishing contest. And in 1995, the 40-year-old ladder truck was replaced. CONTINUED ON PAGE 25E

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Past and Present Leadership Fallsburg Fire Department Presidents 1921-Present

Fallsburg Fire Department Chiefs 1921-Present

Fallsburg Fire Department (current leadership)

Ed Glickman Philip Gusar Louis J. Levine Hymen E. “Buck” Mintz Milt Glickman Louis Rosenbloom Bernard Keiles Ben Altman Harold Gold Milt Brizel Morris Gold Barry Gold Bart Rasnick

Clarence Porter – 1921-1922 Sam Levine – 1922-1931 Sam Rifkin – 1931-1933 Ed Glickman – 1933-1934 Morris Popkin – 1934-1936 Joe Stern – 1936-1938 Morris Cohen – 1938-1940 Ben Wolpin – 1940-1945 Sam Griff – 1945-1950 Al Altmark – 1950-1958 Nathan “Nunny” Madnick – 1958-1963 Monroe Levine – 1963-1966 Ralph Holmes – 1966-1967 Monroe Levine – 1967-1968 Nathan “Nunny” Madnick – 1968-1970 Elias Greene – 1970-1971 Nathan “Nunny” Madnick – 1971-1972 Monroe Levine – 1972-1975 Nathan “Nunny” Madnick – 1975-1976 Monroe Levine – 1976-1977 Joe Coopersmith – 1977-1978 Gary Lederman – 1978-1988 Steve Levine – 1988-1990 Bernie Deutsch – 1990-1994 Jay Shapiro – 1994-1996 Charles “Chick” Allan – 1997 Bernie Deutsch – 1996-1998 Richard “Zeke” Levine – 1998-2001 Richard Shaddock – 2001-2004 Richard “Zeke” Levine – 2004-2008 James Smith / John Kozachuk (Acting) – 2008-2009 John Kozachuck / Richard Shaddock – 2009 Bernie Deutsch – 2010-2012 Richard Shaddock – 2012-2019 Jordan Kozachuk – 2020-Present

Officers: President - Bart Rasnick Vice President. - Michael Gold – (father Harold was one of the founding members) 1993 1994 Secretary- Deborah Chandler 1995 Treasurer- Richard Levine 1996 1997 Line Officers: 1998 Chief - Jordan Kozachuk 1999 1st Asst Chief - John Kozachuk 2000 2nd Asst Chief - Chaim Glanstein 2002 Lieutenant - Barry Hoovis 2003 2nd Lieutenant - David Schneyer 2004 Chief Engineer - Perry Stratton 2005 Captain Fire Police - Albert Braun 2006 2007-2011 Commissioners: 2012 A.J. Pantel - Chair 2013 Irving Kaplan 2014 Sonny Smith 2015 Albert Braun 2016 Jerry Cohen 2017 2018 Recipients of the Louis J. Levine 2019 Fireman of the Year Award

*Elected President Emeritus 2001

Fallsburg Fire Department Original Members March 1921 Charles Block Joseph Calvin Harry Donenfeld Ed Glickman Isidor “Izzy” Gold A.T. Hatch Ed Keator Louis J. Levine Samuel Levine Louis Perlstein Clarence Porter Dave Rapp Max Raflowitz Sam Sloan Ed Teller Charles Wolpin Ruben Zaslowsky

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Celebrate! The members of the Fallsburg Fire Department’s anniversary committee are: Richard Levine (Chair), Jordon Kozachuk, Katy Kozachuk, Deborah Chandler and Perry Stratton. They are planning a 100th Anniversary Dinner sometime in October, and will be adding to the 80-year journal they had printed for the company’s 2001 celebration. The company will also be selling commemorative t-shirts, and of course, will take part in the 2021 Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighters Association Parade on September 18 in Grahamsville.

Thanks to all the volunteers for being on call, and for their hard work and dedication to their communities througout the year!

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An early morning fire last July brought out the Fallsburg Fire Department as well as mutual aid from Monticello, Rock Hill, Hurleyville, Loch Sheldrake and Bethel. Woodridge, Liberty and Wurtsboro were on standby. Also involved were Sullivan County Fire Investigators, BC-3, NYSEG and Mobilemedic. Hatzolah volunteer EMS and a local business donated cases of water and Powerade.

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Entering the 21st century, the FFD added a pumper truck, and voted to return their equipment to the traditional fire engine red from the lime green they’d been using for 25 years. In 2012, the FFD was heavily involved in the fire at the Grandview Palace in Loch Sheldrake, and according to current treasurer Richie Levine, the company pumped about 1 million gallons of water from Black Apple Pond across the road. The company pumped for almost 21 hours at full output. Then in 2018, a large fire at Riversite Bungalows on Route 42 in South Fallsburg destroyed 27 structures. And through it all, the Fallsburg Fire Department marches on with its ever-dedicated team of volunteers who look forward to serving their community for many years to come.

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soon. “I’ve really enjoyed the fire service,” says the Rock Hill resident, “I’m able to help people on their worst days –when they need help.” A bright future awaits Owen as he plans to apply to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT this coming fall. If accepted, he’ll start in July of 2022. Owen enthusiastically encourages others to join the fire service. “There’s a sense of gratification for helping someone in need when they need it the most.”

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Rock Hill Fire Department. While she works her paying job at ShopRite, Taylor dreams of one day working with animals. But for now, she encourages others to join their local fire departments. “I do all the time. I tell them it’s for the gratitude people give you and the fact that you get to help people in their time of need.” She reports being successful with her plea. “There are a couple of people who have joined,” she confirmed.

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Recreated in 2021! Yulan Fire Department members from left, front row: Phil Deyermond, Chief; James Deyermond, Alex Schwendemann, Jeffrey Haas, President (holding Callan Haas), Bill Hofaker, Trustee; Nancy Hofaker, Capt. Fire Police; Linda Anderson, Secretary; Louis Tambini, 2nd Lieutenant; Timothy Oset, Captain; Josef Haas, Hon. Anthony LaRuffa, Vice President; Keith Blaut, First Assistant Chief. Back row: Jeff Haas, Trustee; Dave Preston, Chris Tambini, Treasurer.

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Yulan Fire Department members in the early 1950s, from left, Joe Oset, Fred Ihlo, Clint Guenther, Fred Daffner, Herman Protz, Joe Rudolph, Charles Kaese, Charles Ort, Lou Mueller, Bill Lyons, Loe Hensel, Hank Wolff and Art Lambert.

ment to the locals in Yulan, who up until that point depended on the kindness and skill of neighboring towns of Narrowsburg and Shohola for fire protection. In December of 1946, Wulforst drove what would become the very first

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piece of Yulan Fire Department’s apparatus, a 1927 Seagrave Pumper, to the hamlet. Founding members Lou Hensel, Albert Kaese, Joseph Rudolph, Sr., George Clay and Wulforst pitched in from their own funds for the $300 investment, and the Yulan Fire Department was born. Hensel, owner and operator of the Yulan Service Station, provided the very first home for the Seagrave in his shop that still operates at the four corners today. Lou would become the Department’s first Chief at the inaugural meeting and induction of officers in early 1947. Seventyfive years later Hensel’s legacy of service lives on: his grandson Jeff Haas (also proprietor of the Yulan Service Station, like his father Don before him) is a trustee, great-grandson Jeffrey is the department’s President, great grandson Josef is a member, and great-great grandsons Koen and Liam McGill are cadets. Many of the other founding families continue to be actively involved in the department: Linda (Guenther) Anderson was the department’s second female member and is the department’s


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satellite location for Yulan. They would neighbor there with the American Legion Ambulance Corps until their home on Collins road opened in 2004. The Yulan Fire Department has made history, throughout its existance, all while maintaining a connection with West Hempstead, the department who planted the seed. During the flood of 1955, Governor Harriman stopped in the four corners of Yulan to thank the department members lined up for inspection. In 1986, Nancy Hofaker was the first woman to join the department and the personnel classification was officially changed from fireman to firefighter. 2021 will be the first time in over 50 years that they have not hosted a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, cooked according to Chet Oset’s recipe. The department has seen countless fires, floods, fundraising dinners, and rescues, hosted dignitaries from politicians to Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, run annual community events like the Von Steuben Festival and played home to sports greats from the Yulan Braves of the men’s baseball league and the rising stars of the Eldred Little League and soccer teams on the Yulan ballfield. Today, the Yulan Fire Department counts over 130

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From left, front row: Linda Anderson, Secretary; Dave Preston, Alex Schwendemann, Chris Tambini, Treasurer; Koen McGill (with Callan Haas) Liam McGill, Nancy Hofaker, Fire Police Captain; Bill Hofaker, Trustee, James Deyermond, Phil Deyermond, Chief; Chris Dampman, Louis Tambini, 2nd Lieutenant; Steven Garrelts, Jeff Haas, Trustee; Josef Haas. Back row (on truck): Timothy Oset, Captain; Jeffrey Haas, President; Hon. Anthony LaRuffa, Vice President.

twenty years to fifty plus! Members have gone on to serve as paid firefighters, paramedics, joined the military and taken their skills to other departments when relocating. Each of them bringing along the training and

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arnet Health Medical Center – Catskills had prepared to deal with infectious disease pandemics for many years. But they—and nobody else—knew what to expect when the coronavirus pandemic took over the world. On March 13, 2020 Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills put up a triage tent outside of their emergency department, thinking that it would be up for only a couple weeks. Little did they know that by the summertime they would be renovating the tent to make it a more permanent structure, adding flooring and heating and air conditioning. “As prepared as we were it was still a little bit of a surprise in how crazy the world got,” said Rolland “Boomer” Bojo, Vice President, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Grover Hermann

Division and Special Projects. “But I think the preparedness that we had set the stage to go into this eyes wide open and being able to jump into action very quickly.” Bojo said as a healthcare organization they have been planning for years to handle pandemic and infectious disease situations, including holding drills and having policies in place. Dr. Stanley Skonieczki, Medical Director of Wayne Memorial Emergency Department in Honesdale, Pa., said the emergency department is actually the safest place in the hospital due to the ventilation and filtration system. They have two negative pressure rooms where they put patients who come in and test positive for coronavirus. “We pretty much assume that everybody has it,” Skonieczki said. “We’ve seen many patients that came in for other reasons and had

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to be admitted for something else and we would swab them for COVID and they would be positive.” Charles Lee Miller, Clinical Director for Emergency Services for Garnet Health Medical Center Catskills, said he predicted in mid-

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COVID-19 pandemic has altered life as we know it, with over 500,000 deaths in the U.S., countless people infected, and having to wear masks and social distance. Healthcare professionals and emergency medical personnel have had to deal with those changes tenfold. “I think the staff is changed forever, in terms of their ability to adapt and pivot because we were so used to it for months,” remarked Antonia (Toni) Duncan, MSN, RN - Nurse Director, Obstetrics & Behavioral Health Unit at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills. Dr. Trevor McGinley, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine for Garnet Health Medical Center Catskills, echoed those sentiments, saying, “Everyone was on board with making sure those changes were seen through and implemented appropriately.” Sullivan County was one of the hardest hit rural counties in the country, and Bojo said early on they were receiving the newest treatment technologies from New

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York City, which was the epicenter of the pandemic. They were able to offer those treatments to their patients and recognize symptoms before anyone else. “I feel like we saved a lot of lives,” said Bojo. As the number of patients swelled, the ICU became double the size, OR nurses became ICU nurses overnight, and infectious disease doctors came to help in the ER. One day they had four codes, meaning people who were not breathing, at the same time. They were able to resuscitate the patients and they survived.

“We never lowered our standards,” said Miller. “We’ve always provided excellent care and provided a safe environment for our staff members and our patients, and that didn’t go away.” Scenes like that is something we heard from all over the world as hospitals became overrun. Bojo said he is proud that they never ran out of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their employees. Dr. Skonieczki from Wayne Memorial said they also never ran out of PPE and only one staff member in the hospital contracted COVID. He said while emergency department personnel typically

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wear PPE, with COVID they wear a mask at all times, wear an impervious medical gown with a throwaway gown on top and gloves. “I think we’ve been following the protocols very well and we’ve been taking the right precautions,” he said. Now a year later, hospitals continue to treat patients for COVID and wait for a day when the numbers go down to zero. The staff at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills thanks the partnerships they have with Sullivan County, police and EMS agencies, the Liberty Rotary Club and others for coming together to help out. In April, around 70 of the county’s emergency responders held a procession outside the hospitals to salute and thank the healthcare workers. Doctors, nurses and staff gathered outside and were moved to tears by the gesture. “We’re proud of the fact that we never lost our community hospital focus and we took really good care of our community, but indeed it’s because our community took great care of us,” Miller said.

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Sale; Roscoe Auxiliary, Winter Craft Fair Wed., Dec. 8 - SCVFA Meeting, Lumberland Sat., Dec. 11 - Highland Lake FD Xmas Tree Sale Sun., Dec. 12 - Highland Lake FD Xmas Tree Sale Sat., Dec. 18 - Highland Lake FD Xmas Tree Sale Sun., Dec. 19 - Highland Lake FD Xmas Tree Sale

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EMS Departments and Their Captains Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. PO Box 31 White Lake, NY 12786 Captain Charlie Stackhouse • 5835004 Catskills Hatzalah 1070 McDonald Ave Brooklyn, NY 11230 Captains Yehuda Feig, Yomtov Malik, Eli Serebrowski & Bernie Gips • (718)387-1750 Town of Cochecton Vol Ambulance Corps, Inc. PO Box 4 Lake Huntington, NY 12752 Captain Mike Bruce • 932-8138 Grahamsville First Aid Squad, Inc. PO Box 152 Grahamsville, NY 12740 Captain Desiree Jimenez • 985-2839 Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Corps, Inc. PO Box 396 Jeffersonville, NY 12748 Captain Ruth Ackerman • 482-3110 Lumberland Fire Department, Inc. PO Box 91 Glen Spey, NY 12737 Captain Faith Robles • 856-7515

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Sylvan Liebla American Legion Post #1363 PO Box 63 Eldred, NY 12732 Captain Tony LaRuffa • 557-8915

Mountaindale Fire Department First Aid Squad PO Box 203 Mountaindale, NY 12763 Captain Norman Prentice • 434-3425

Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc. PO Box 34 Narrowsburg, NY 12764 Captain Jason Welton • 252-3336

Neversink Fire Department, Inc. PO Box 468 Neversink, NY 12765 Captain Ann Bivins • 985-7198

Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Inc. PO Box 258 Hankins, NY 12741 Captain Connor Duffy • 887-6070

Roscoe & Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corp PO Box 321 Roscoe, NY 12776 Captain Karrie Jara • (607)498-4600 Rock Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. PO Box 1 Rock Hill, NY 12775 Captain Neal Meddaugh • 794-6985 Sullivan Paramedicine, Inc. (MobileMedic) PO Box 1 Hurleyville, NY 12747 Captain Albee Bockman • 436-9111

Volunteer Ambulance Corps of Livingston Manor Inc. PO Box 1 Livingston Manor, NY 12758 Captain Joel Sherwood • 439-4150 Woodbourne Fire Company No. 1, Inc. P.O. Box 322 Woodbourne, NY 12788 Captain Insley Unger • 434-6763

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he difference between the old Sheriff’s Office Jail Division office and the new offices are night and day, said Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. “Everybody is together,” he said. Previously, the Sheriff and Undersheriff were on different floors, impeding the normal flow of the command structure, according to Chaboty. Now they’re on the same floor. For example, the Jail Administrator Harold Smith Jr., Captain James Ginty, and Lieutenant Christopher Dini were all spread out at the old jail, but with the new prison, they are more connected with each other. Currently, there are 90 deputies that work at the new jail. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, precautions had to be implemented, said Chaboty. When a deputy reports for duty at the new jail, their temperature is taken before

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they start their shift. Moreover, precautions are taken with inmates to help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the jail. When they are first brought in, inmates are quarantined from the general population of inmates for 14 days. After that, they are released to a cell amongst the other

inmates. Chaboty said the new space in the jail allows for the office to have room to quarantine the inmates. All deputies, inmates, and anyone working within the building must wear a mask at all times, said Chaboty. Another significant difference in the new jail is the temperature, which is now controlled. Chaboty said, “You would freeze in the winter and sweat in the summer because there was no climate control.” Deputies were complaining of scratchy throats while working at the old jail. The new prison uses a pod-like system where there is one central command post in view of all the cells. The cells were in linear form at the old jail, much like you would see in classic jail movies. According to Chaboty, the new jail is a more humane setting for both employees and inmates. Chaboty added, “Remember 75

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