Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Cherry
Valley Volunteer Fire Department

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 200th Anni-
versary of the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department and to honor its
past and present firefighting members for 200 years of fire protection
to the citizens of Cherry Valley and its surrounding communities, to be
celebrated at the Otsego County Firemen's Convention on Saturday, June
8, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services in every locality of our State; during the past 200 years, the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire
Department have valiantly responded to all types of fire emergencies and
have won the praise and respect of the community which they serve; and
WHEREAS, In May of 1813, there was full support to organize a fire
company; in October of that year, there was a purchase of three fire
hooks and six ladders, and in 1814, the first fire engine was bought
named "The Washingtonian"; and
WHEREAS, After 1911, the Glensfoot Hose Company and the Empire Hook
and Ladder Company became the Cherry Valley Fire Department; in 1956,
the Cherry Valley Joint Fire District was formed; and
WHEREAS, Today, the Cherry Valley Historical Association/Museum now
houses The Washingtonian, a hose cart and two other pumpers; the Cherry
Valley Volunteer Fire Department strives for excellence in all that it
does for its community; and
WHEREAS, With a membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department in public service and fire
protection is one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year,
for 200 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 Cherry Valley Volunteer 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; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated by
individual firefighters, the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department
reflects the history and development of firefighting over the past 200
years; and
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 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 200th Anniversary of the Cherry Valley Volunteer
Fire Department; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department.


  • 31 / May / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013

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