J1267

Honoring Battalion Chief Dan Boland and Captain Jason Zona in recognition of their heroic efforts to save a man who fell through the...

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  • 15 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J1267


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Niagara Falls Firefighters Battalion
Chief Dan Boland and Captain Jason Zona in recognition of their prompt
and heroic efforts to save a man who fell through the ice at Hyde Park
Lake

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the
concerned and heroic acts of those firefighters who, in the courageous
performance of their duties, take immediate and appropriate action to
protect the health and safety of others; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Niagara Falls Firefighters Battalion Chief Dan Boland and Captain Jason
Zona in recognition of their prompt and heroic efforts to save a man who
fell through the ice at Hyde Park Lake; and
WHEREAS, On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, witnesses called 911
dispatchers stating someone had fallen through the ice at Hyde Park Lake
in the city of Niagara Falls, New York; and
WHEREAS, Niagara Falls firefighters quickly responded and found a man
who, attempting to rescue one of his three golden retrievers who had
ventured out onto the thin ice and had fallen through, was now himself
submerged in the freezing water; and
WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Dan Boland and Captain Jason Zona were first
on scene and both ended up in the water without protective clothing;
Battalion Chief Boland successfully swam out to the man and dragged him
to shore where he was lifted out by Captain Zona and rescue crews on
shore; the man was taken to the hospital where he unfortunately
succumbed to his injuries; and
WHEREAS, The three dogs were taken to the local SPCA where they were
adopted a few days later by one of the responding firefighters and his
family; and
WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Dan Boland began his career on the Niagara
Falls Fire Department on September 25, 1978, and is currently the senior
member on the Department; and
WHEREAS, This courageous firefighter has been a Battalion Chief since
January 7, 1996, also the most senior; he has earned several Presiden-
tial Awards in his career and also earned the Levy Award for bravery in
1981; and
WHEREAS, Captain Jason Zona started with the Niagara Falls Fire
Department on January 23, 2003, and just passed his 10th Anniversary;
and
WHEREAS, A brave and valiant firefighter, he was promoted to Captain
on August 21, 2011; throughout his career, he has earned Union Presiden-
tial Awards; and
WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Dan Boland and Captain Jason Zona, in their
spontaneous and heroic acts, have so aptly demonstrated their character
and compassion for the welfare of others; personifying, by virtue of
their actions, the collective concern of firefighters across the commu-
nity of New York State who respond without thought of danger or reward
when others are in need of help; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Niagara Falls Firefighters Battalion Chief Dan Boland and Captain
Jason Zona in recognition of their prompt and heroic efforts to save a
man who fell through the ice at Hyde Park Lake, noting the significance
of their immediate and unconditional response to come to the aid of
another in a life-threatening situation; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Niagara Falls Firefighters Battalion Chief Dan Boland and
Captain Jason Zona.

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