Honoring Edwin N. Nelson, Jr. for 65 years of dedicated fire service to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Edwin N. Nelson, Jr. for 65 Years of
Dedicated Service to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to recognize and
acknowledge the significant milestones in the distinguished fire fight-
ing careers of esteemed residents of this great Empire State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Edwin N. Nelson, Jr. for his 65 years of service with the Lakewood
Volunteer Fire Company; and
WHEREAS, The firefighters of New York State are renowned throughout
the Nation; their reputation is synonymous with excellence in the ardu-
ous field of fire protection and prevention; and
WHEREAS, Since the early days of "teapot steamers," the volunteer
firefighter has been the cornerstone of our great State's efforts to
spare us from the ravages of fire; and
WHEREAS, Volunteer firefighters and fire companies not only provide
the critical service of fire protection but also engage in other activ-
ities of great benefit and importance to the communities they serve; and
WHEREAS, This dedicated firefighter has served as an active member of
the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company since joining the fire company in
1948; and
WHEREAS, Edwin N. Nelson, Jr. has responded to well over 11,000
alarms, and has consistently been among the top ten responders in the
company, responding to 425 out of 776 calls in 2012 alone; he has often
distinguished himself as the top responder and was designated as Fire-
fighter of the Year by his peers in 2011; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished Veteran also served as a Machinist Mate,
2nd Class, in the United States Navy onboard USS Braine (DD-630), a
Fletcher class destroyer; he is a life member of the American Legion;
WHEREAS, Service to the community was an established practice within
his family; his father joined the Lakewood Fire Company in 1939; and his
mother was a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary; his three brothers
were also members of the fire company, and two of his sisters served in
the auxiliary; and
WHEREAS, A devoted family man, Edwin N. Nelson, Jr. and his wife
raised five children; many of his children and grandchildren continued
the family tradition of volunteering with the fire service; his daugh-
ter, Linda, and his grandson, Colten, continue to actively serve with
the Lakewood Fire Company; and
WHEREAS, It takes a special dedication, a strong desire to help others
and a tireless sense of community to forsake precious time with family
and friends to respond to the signal that a neighbor is in need; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Edwin N. Nelson, Jr. for his 65 years of dedicated service to the
Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Edwin N. Nelson, Jr.


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