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Senator Young honors Dorothy Roman for 63 years of service to the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

Senator Young stopped by a ceremony commemorating the service of three long-time members of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Dorothy Roman (63 years of service), Rudolph Halicki (63 years of service) and Ronald Martin (50 years of service) were all honored for their tremendous contributions to the community.

Dorothy Roman is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She served as the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and she has held the posts of Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee.

Rudolph Halicki is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1950 until the present. He served as Fire Chief from 1954 – 1955.

Senator Young with Ronald Halicki, accepting a proclamation for his father, Rudolph Halicki for 63 years of service to the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

Senator Young stopped by a ceremony commemorating the service of three long-time members of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Dorothy Roman (63 years of service), Rudolph Halicki (63 years of service) and Ronald Martin (50 years of service) were all honored for their tremendous contributions to the community.

Dorothy Roman is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She served as the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and she has held the posts of Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee.

Rudolph Halicki is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1950 until the present. He served as Fire Chief from 1954 – 1955.

Senator Young honors Ronald Martin for 50 years service to the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

Senator Young stopped by a ceremony commemorating the service of three long-time members of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Dorothy Roman (63 years of service), Rudolph Halicki (63 years of service) and Ronald Martin (50 years of service) were all honored for their tremendous contributions to the community.

Dorothy Roman is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She served as the first President of the Ladies Auxiliary, and she has held the posts of Vice President, Treasurer and Trustee.

Rudolph Halicki is a charter member of the East Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, serving from 1950 until the present. He served as Fire Chief from 1954 – 1955.

Senator Young recognizes Jack Knowlton for his 50 years of dedicated service to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company

Senator Young recognized Jack Knowlton for his 50 years of dedicated service to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Company during their annual banquet and presented him with a New York State Senate Proclamation. Mr. Knowlton is currently serving as the department’s President and was also a top ten responder with 421 calls in 2012.

During his time with the Fire Company, Mr. Knowlton has held many offices, including serving as Chief over multiple years. He also has taken on roles including Assistant Chief, Captain, Lieutenant and Drill Instructor. He currently serves as Safety Officer and was elected to serve as President.

Senator Young stopped by a reception honoring Jeff Hatch, Bemus Point Firefighter of the Year

Senator Young stopped by a reception honoring Jeff Hatch (center), the Bemus Point Firefighter of the Year. Also pictured is Bemus Point Fire Chief Ryan Walker.

Volunteer firefighters make such an important contribution to rural communities. We can’t rely on a paid staff to support our fire departments. Instead, we rely on volunteers who drop what they are doing at a moment’s notice to help their neighbors when they are in danger. They are true heroes.

Thank you and congratulations to Jeff Hatch and thank you to all firefighters everywhere!

Coming This Weekend: Your Chance to be a Hero

As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.

We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis.
We saw neighbors helping neighbors.
We saw "ordinary" people doing truly extraordinary things.

In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies -- our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping up during times of crisis.  

I encourage you to consider becoming a part of this proud tradition -- by volunteering to join your local fire department.       

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Senator Young recognizes Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the Nunda Volunteer Fire Department

At the recent Nunda Volunteer Fire Department dinner, Senator Young recognized Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the fire department.

Larry joined the Nunda Fire Department in 1962. Over that time period, he has responded to 3,549 calls and has completed hundreds of hours of training.

He has also held many offices, including serving as Chief, 1st Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief and 2nd Captain. He has volunteered on over a dozen different committees and served on the Nunda Fire Department Board of Directors.

Three Western New York Firefighters Among Those Honored at New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial

For Release: Immediate, October 8, 2013

Ronald J. Keddie, Michael J. Chiapperini, Tomasz M. Kaczowka, and Six Other Firefighters Posthumously Honored in Memorial Ceremony Held in Albany

ALBANY - Today, three Western New York firefighters, and six more from throughout New York State, who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored at the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. With family, friends, and hundreds of firefighters there to pay their respects, Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy led a ceremony in adding the names of nine fallen firefighters to the memorial.

“Firefighters from across the state came to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of these individuals. We must never forget the fact that our first responders risk their lives every day, and for that we are eternally grateful,” said Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), who attended the ceremony to memorialize the nine brave firefighters honored.

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Former Sheridan Fire Chief and Commissioner Ronald J. Keddie to be Added to New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial

For Release: Immediate, October 4, 2013

Nine Firefighters To Be Posthumously Honored in Memorial Ceremony Held in Albany

ALBANY - Recognizing his sacrifice and a lifetime of service on behalf of his neighbors and community, Sheridan firefighter Ronald J. Keddie and the names of eight other firefighters from across the state who made the ultimate sacrifice will be unveiled on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Tuesday, October 8 in Albany.

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