J2039

Commending the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department upon the occasion of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding

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  • 23 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the First Aid Company of the Baldwin
Fire Department upon the occasion of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of
its founding, on June 4, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those volunteer organizations within the State of New York
that provide vital emergency medical rescue services; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department upon the occasion
of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding; and
WHEREAS, The loyal and dedicated members of the First Aid Company of
the Baldwin Fire Department will celebrate this milestone at its Company
Meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2013; and
WHEREAS, While the primary function of the First Aid Company is
responding to medical calls in the community of Baldwin, New York, these
courageous volunteers also include firefighting, water rescue, and rehab
as part of their duties; and
WHEREAS, The First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department began as
a unit of Hose Company No. 2 on May 8, 1933; Francis Musso, Claude Noon,
and Harold Hancox were appointed members of the new rescue squad; and
WHEREAS, Until 1938, the First Aid Rescue Squad was made up of volun-
teer firemen attached to Hose Company No. 2; on May 15, 1938, the unit
became a separate Rescue Company of the Department and had elected as
officers Captain Francis Musso, Lieutenant Arthur Hults, Secretary Rich-
ard Demerest, and Treasurer Charles Brunner; and
WHEREAS, Over the last 75 years, the First Aid Company of the Baldwin
Fire Department has grown and evolved with the needs of its community,
expanding its equipment from a used, makeshift rescue vehicle to two
sophisticated cardiac-equipped ambulances and a heavy rescue truck, as
well enhancing the dedication and skill of its members with training in
cutting edge life-saving methods; and
WHEREAS, At its founding the First Aid Company averaged 16 yearly
rescue calls; today it responds to over 1,500 alarms each year; and
WHEREAS, Baldwin's First Aid Unit has made outstanding contributions
in countless hours of community service and rendering aid and assist-
ance; and
WHEREAS, Their unparalleled dedication has also manifested as leader-
ship; many members of the First Aid Company have risen from the ranks of
firefighter to become Lieutenants and Captains, several have reached the
highest office, Chief of Department, and three members of the Company,
the late Henry Wright, the late Roy Eckels, and Joseph C. Koch, have
served the community as Fire Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, Enduring much in their 75 years of service, the brave men and
women of the First Aid Company most recently have been on the front line
of duty in response to Super Storm Sandy's devastating impact on the
Baldwin community; and
WHEREAS, Volunteer emergency medical service members are an important
part of the safety net of America's healthcare system, and an integral
part of our Nation's efforts to combat the impact of disasters; they
provide life-saving care to those in need, 24 hours a day, seven days a
week; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body cannot express sufficient gratitude to
those devoted individuals who recognize that the preservation of life is
a sacred responsibility and who make that responsibility their own by
serving as volunteers; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department upon the
occasion of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department.

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