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    Albany, N.Y. – 05/09/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department with a New York State Senate Resolution on Wednesday morning on the New York State Senate Floor.

    “Working with limited resources and a complete volunteer force, the men and women of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department put their lives on the line every day to proudly serve and protect our citizens. I am honored to have these brave firefighters in Albany to commemorate their 100th anniversary and to officially recognize their work on the New York State Senate Floor,” said Senator Greg Ball.

    “We are very grateful for our Fire Department to be recognized on the New York State Senate Floor. I would like to thank everyone in this prestigious body, especially Senator Greg Ball, for giving us this distinct honor. We are all very proud to have served the Mahopac community for the past 100 years and we look forward to continuing to provide fire protection and emergency medical service to our district for the next one hundred years,” said Vincent Roberto, Jr., President of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department.

    The Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department was established in the fall of 1914, after numerous fires caused great concern among the residents of the community; 40 brave men gathered at the Old Town Hall and under the leadership of George “Shorty” Long and Jerome Peck a new volunteer fire department was created.

    In January 1915, the department leased the second floor of the railroad station and converted a donated Ford automobile into a fire-fighting vehicle; they were then able to purchase a Mack chemical fire engine, and in 1918, they purchased the old schoolhouse on Croton Falls Road.

    In 1921, the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department acquired an advanced Stewart Buffalo pumper, a GMC Buffalo pumper, and an American LaFrance fire engine; members began to render emergency medical assistance with the help of a donated Buick ambulance.

    The Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department continued to grow and expand services, during the Great Depression, due in great parts to the selfless efforts and donations of summer vacationers and the citizens of Mahopac; they were remarkably able to donate a fire engine to the new volunteer fire department in neighboring Mahopac Falls.

    During World War II, the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department’s members bravely served their country as members of the United States Armed Forces; after the war, a new four bay colonial style firehouse was built on Croton Falls Road which has served the Department to the present day.

    As Mahopac changed from a tourist area to a bedroom community, the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department continued to provide excellent service, fighting blazes, which destroyed all the old hotels in the area.

    A new state-of-the-art firehouse was completed in 2007, and dedicated to all members, past, present and future who have devoted their lives to protect the residents of Mahopac, New York, over the past 100 years.

    Contact: Joe Bachmeier, or (845) 531-9796