Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the
Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 100th Anni-
versary of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company and to honor its past
and present firefighting members for 100 years of fire protection to the
citizens of Hortonville, New York and its surrounding communities; and
WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services in every locality of our State; during the past 100 years, the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire
Company 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 February of 1914, a group of Hortonville residents met at
the Hortonville Hotel, formerly known as the Wesley Dorrer Hotel, to
organize the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company; and
WHEREAS, A leader in the community, William Gardner was elected as
chairman of the meeting, and the group unanimously elected John Boemer
as Chief, Philip Hornung as Foreman, George W. Buddenhagen as Treasurer,
August Shambacker as Secretary, Lewis Buddenhagen as Assistant Chief,
and Adam Newman as Assistant Foreman; and
WHEREAS, The first volunteer firemen included: John Bochmer, William
Gardner, Frank Fink, William Eller, John Lowe, John Werlau, Arthur Wood-
man, George Robisch, Wesley Dorrer, William Hartz, Ed Robisch, Frank
Roemer, William J. Rosenberger, August Fromm, Ed Faubel, and Dewey
Hogencamp; and
WHEREAS, In June of 1914, the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company
received its first call for help from Hotel Iroquois; and
WHEREAS, In 1931, action was taken to start the construction of a
firehouse for the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company on land donated by
The Western Sullivan Lot and Land Company, and by August of 1932, the
two-story firehouse was built; prior to building the firehouse, the
equipment was stored in the Hortonville Hotel's barn; and
WHEREAS, Thirty-three years later, a larger firehouse was built next
door, and in 2008, the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company firehouse was
replaced to accommodate more equipment and members; and
WHEREAS, With a membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company in public service and fire
protection is one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year,
for 100 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 Hortonville Volunteer Fire
Company 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 Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company reflects
the history and development of firefighting over the past 100 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 100th Anniversary of the Hortonville Volunteer
Fire Company; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company.


  • 04 / Apr / 2014
  • 29 / Apr / 2014
  • 29 / Apr / 2014

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