Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of East Amherst Fire Department, Inc. on September 14, 2019

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Senate Resolution No. 1823


COMMEMORATING the 100th Anniversary of East
Amherst Fire Department, Inc. on September 14, 2019

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 100th
Anniversary of the East Amherst Fire Department, Inc. and to honor its
past and present firefighting members for 100 years of fire protection
to the citizens of East Amherst, New York, and its surrounding
communities; and

WHEREAS, This auspicious milestone will be observed at a Centennial
Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at East Amherst Fire Hall
Station No. 1; and

WHEREAS, The East Amherst Fire Department was organized in 1919 by a
group of local residents, who, sharing a mutual concern for fire
protection, purchased an American LaFrance No. 11 chemical fire engine
two-wheeled pull-cart with money from their own pockets; this group was
led by Philip P. Paultler and the Muegel Brothers, George, Christian,
and Louis; and

WHEREAS, The first meeting of record of the East Amherst Fire
Company was held on March 6, 1920, and the company was officially
incorporated in 1927; and

WHEREAS, With donations, benefits, and dedicated work, the East
Amherst Fire Company purchased a piece of land on which to build a fire
hall by June of 1920; the first house was reconstructed from an old
roller skating rink which was located on the west side of Transit Road
approximately one-quarter mile north of Muegel Road; and

WHEREAS, In 1922, the East Amherst Fire Company acquired its first
motorized apparatus, a Brockway Motor Fire Truck, Model E-2; in July of
1939, the Transit Fire Company approved the purchase of a new fire
engine to be built by Cayasler Manufacturing Corporation of Buffalo, New
York; and

WHEREAS, On November 17, 1940, the Transit Fire Company fire hall
was completely destroyed by fire, however, within a year, a new
two-story masonry structure was built on the same lot; and

WHEREAS, Through the years, the rural farmlands of the East Amherst
area gradually became a sprawling urban community and the fire company
constantly strived to upgrade its equipment and improve its service; in
1953, the first ambulance, a 1942 GMC, was purchased by the Ladies
Auxiliary, and in June of 1948, the Transit Fire Company purchased the
Muegel Inn located on Transit and Muegel Roads; and

WHEREAS, In 1962, the old buildings on Transit and Muegel Roads were
demolished and replaced with a new one; 10 years later, the fire company
acquired a plot of land to construct a second fire station to better
service the community, and the building became Transit Fire Company
Station No. 2; and

WHEREAS, In 1988, Station No. 1 was extended and remodeled, and on
April 1, 1992, the Transit Fire Company Inc. was renamed the East
Amherst Fire Department, Inc.; once again in 2003, Station No. 1 was
completely renovated and expanded; 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 East Amherst 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, With a membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the East Amherst Fire Department 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 East Amherst 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 East Amherst Fire Department 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 East Amherst Fire
Department, Inc. on September 14, 2019; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to East Amherst Fire Department, Inc.


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