Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Ilion Fire Department, to be celebrated on May 20, 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Ilion
Fire Department, to be celebrated on May 20, 2013

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 150th Anni-
versary of the Ilion Fire Department, and to honor its past and present
firefighting members for 150 years of fire protection to the residents
of the Village of Ilion, New York, and its surrounding communities; this
extraordinary milestone will be celebrated on Monday, May 20, 2013, at
the Central Fire Station in Ilion; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated by
its individual firefighters, the Ilion Fire Department reflects the
history and development of firefighting over the past 150 years; and
WHEREAS, The Volunteer Fire Department in the Village of Ilion,
Herkimer County, was founded in 1863; originally named the Armory Hose
Company, it was organized by the Remington Arms Company to meet the
needs of the village which had changed significantly from a small commu-
nity consisting of 7 dwellings, 2 storehouses and 1 school to a thriving
metropolis of approximately 2880 residents; and
WHEREAS, The initial company was composed of 48 volunteers, all
employees of the Remington Armory; R. R. Bennett was appointed first
chief engineer and Alfred Brooks and Kitzmiller, 1st and 2nd engineers;
WHEREAS, The equipment consisted of 3 hand operated pumps maintained
by John E. Dodge; the company boasted of such names as John Islam, Jacob
Wells, Richard Winegar, J. F. Haley, A. N. Ross, John Seaver, Summer,
Wilcox, Servis, Groves, Alonzo Rasbach, Kinney, Ballard, Kane, Harter,
and many others; and
WHEREAS, In 1870, the village board purchased a new hand engine for
$1200 and formed Excelsior Hose Company No. 2, which later became known
as the C. W. Carpenter Hose Company, and today is known as Ilion Hose
Company No. 2; Ilion Hose Company No. 1 is the original Armory Hose
Company formed by the Remington Armory; and
WHEREAS, The Volunteer Fire Department in the Village of Ilion contin-
ued to expand as the village expanded; after the establishment of the
Remington Typewriter Company in 1874, the population of the Village of
Ilion increased to 4500 and, in 1876, the village purchased two Silsbee
Rotary Steamers for $4,000 each; and
WHEREAS, The Ilion water supply system was installed in 1891 and the
fire alarm system in 1911 under the supervision of George O. Luce, then
fire chief of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department; in 1913 the first
motor fire truck was purchased; and
WHEREAS, The fire department was entirely volunteer until 1919, when
the paid Ilion Fire Department was organized and George O. Luce became
the first chief; the Department's second chief, Sanford Getman, was, at
the time of his appointment, the youngest fire chief of any town in the
country; and
WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services in every locality of our State; during the past 150 years, the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the Village of Ilion have vali-
antly responded to all types of fire emergencies and have won the praise
and respect of the community they serve; and
WHEREAS, With a membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the Ilion Fire Department in public service and fire protection is one
to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year, for 150 years,
whenever the alarm sounded, these noble volunteers left their homes and
went to the aid of their neighbors; and

WHEREAS, The brave firefighters of the Ilion Fire Department are
prepared to risk their lives every day to help save the lives of others
and to protect homes and property from the destruction caused by fire;
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body cannot express sufficient gratitude to
those devoted individuals who recognize that the preservation of life
and property is a sacred responsibility and who make that responsibility
their own by serving as firefighters; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that we should give
special recognition to those who work so assiduously for the betterment
of their communities, and acknowledge publicly the heroic good works
performed by the volunteer and paid fire departments of this great
Empire State, their officers and auxiliaries; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
proudly commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Ilion Fire Department;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Ilion Fire Department.


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