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January 11, 2015 - 2:29pm

East Pembroke installs fire officers for 2015

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, pembroke, east pembroke, East Pembroke Fire Department.

Chief Don Newton, East Pembroke Fire Department, received the Service Award for 2014, and Fire Training Officer James Gayton was named Firefighter of the Year Saturday night during the department's annual installation dinner.

Counting fire calls, accidents and EMS calls, East Pembroke went on 350 calls in 2014, up from the recent average year of about 300 calls.

The 2015 firematic officers as elected by members are: Newton, chief; Stephen Smelski, 1st assistant chief; Williams Torres Jr., 2nd assistant chief; Donald Newton Sr., firematic captain; Jose Santini, firematic lieutenant; Lori Ann Santini, EMS captain; Robert Yungfleisch, EMS lieutenant; Ray Schramm, fire police captain; Chris Bennett, fire police lieutenant; Gayton, training officer; Smelski, safety officer.

Candles were lit after the dinner in a memorial service to honor fallen first responders and members of the military.

Genesee County Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Yaeger administered the oath of office for department and district officers.

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it is pretty easy to be the sheep. if the cop says it then it must be true. smh. im done here. good talk.

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George

I love you man.

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Dang! I didn't get a chance to ask what he meant by the 'king of filibuster' comment.

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George , I can't help but laugh at you saying you have no problem with people that ride responsibly. Are you telling me that the people leaving Jim's Saloon at 1AM on their 4 wheelers are completely sober? If you believe that then I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. And I personally have also witnessed people riding up and down my parents road (North Pembroke Road) that are coming from the bar and half the time they do not have helmets , so please tell me how all these riders are responsible and how you have nothing against the FD. As for the Mud Races, I have been there and watched the races and the fun the racers, some of whom come from as far as Canada, ride and have a blast, yes it gets loud and people drink later on, but I can hear just as much noise at my parents new house on Angling Road when there is a concert at Darien Lake.

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Sorry. Not done. I was thinking on my way home. You know who else was charged and not convicted? OJ soooooo by your logic scott OJ is innocent because the burdon of proof is on....me? I see. As far as burdon or proof, pretty sure thats on mr smelski. Are plea deals public record? Im an american so i have every right to question the validity of a blood test or if there even was one. The dwi he was charged with could have been crammed into that plea deal because of friends in low places. Its a legit concern as a member of the east pembroke community. You dont know just as well as i dont. Freedom. Aint it grand? Also scott, im surprised you and howard like each other so much. Youre like the same person. Usually that ends up in conflict. The filibuster comment. You talk and you talk and you talk for no reason. Kinda just to pass the day and hope that if you dont stop people will just go away. I will also say its pretty arrogant of you to imply that you know more about a situation that you live at least 10 miles away from than someone that actually lives there. (Thanks again kyle) Again, dont know you, dont want to. As a member of the east pembroke community i have every right to ask these questions about a person that represents the community. Sooooo howard, for real, are plea deals public record?

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Daniel, whats your point? Are you saying no one in east pembroke ride atvs responsibly? Whats weird about me saying i have no problem with responsible drivers? And who said anything about jims saloon? Im pretty sure thats exactly what i said i have a problem with. The people riding at all hours of the night. Thanks for supplying more proof to scott.

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All court proceedings are public record, unless sealed by a judge. There's specific laws on what can be sealed and why.

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Great to know. Thanks. Kinda hoping its sealed.

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"You know who else was charged and not convicted? OJ soooooo by your logic scott OJ is innocent because the burdon of proof is on....me? I see."

Astonishing. Truly.

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Right on dudester. :-*

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George, In my original post I said why don't you consider that there are other people in East Pembroke that own and ride 4 wheelers such as the Patrons of Jim's saloon, you then went on to say you have no problem with responsible riders and went on to say that it only seems to be members of the FD that ride up and down slusser at all times of the night while completely failing to acknowledge my bringing up the people going to the bar on their 4 wheelers. Further solidifying that you seem to have a major problem with the FD and could care less about all the other people on 4 wheelers.

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I never once said thats its only fire department members. What i did say is i have seen fire department members doing it. If it was all fire dept members then we would have the biggest fire dept in ny state. Pretty sure some of the department members also drink at the saloon. So I say again, what exactly is your point and why do you have such a hard on? Are you one of the late night drivers?

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By the way. Smelski said in his little ditty on here, which i have screen capped, that the blood test was taken at the time of the accident. SO i say again, how? He wasnt there. Time of the accident doesnt mean at least an hour after the accident when i got to hospital in my buddies truck.

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Actually, the time of the accident would be any time when a BAC measurement would be considered evidence.

Blood tests are not taken at the scene. They are always taken an appropriate facility, sometimes as much as two hours after a police stop or accident.

Clearly, the blood was taken within a time frame that prosecutors believed it would be impossible to sustain a DWI charge given the results.

We've covered stories before where blood drawn at a hospital from an accident victim has lead to DWI charges. Why is it inconceivable that blood drawn at the hospital within the same time frame, i.e., at the time of the accident, wouldn't also clear a person of DWI?

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Because the time of the accident is when he smashed into another atv. I mean, to anyone with a brain anyway. Ive actually looked it up. Its a 2 hour window, which to me is plenty of time to sweat and piss away a buzz given the fact he was injured, which makes you sweat a hell of a lot more in a short period of time. If youre the right person. Why is it inconceivable to you that this could be someone playing favorites? Works both ways. Some laws, i tell you, theyre written the right way for a very small amount of people. A close relative of mine is a volunteer fireman outside of east pembroke. He has told me he has been let off from a past due inspection, speeding, and no trailer lights because of the blue light on his truck and the sticker on his window with a fire helmet on it. This DOES happen.

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Im the type that asks questions. Kinda like scott. Not the type, however, to just roll with the punches. Especially since im a lot closer to this situation than 99% of you know.

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George, I don't think people scroll up and read some of this. They just tend to skip down to the bottom and not read. You couldn't possibly be any closer to this that anyone else posting here including myself.

It's a blatant fact that the "bump" in the rug over dirty actions and favoritism play a major role in small town politics. Some people are just to stubborn or full of themselves to admit the truth. And some people just troll for an excuse to start an argument. I've read most of the articles relating to this and it's just a fact, bigger "bump" in the rug if you know what I mean.

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Agreed brian. Its simply amazing the opinions you get from a guy who has no clue what hes talking about and a guy who knows the guy in the spotlight from social gatherings and accident scenes. Really allows you to get to know someone. Firemen get extensive training do they not? TELL ME why his buddy who is also a fireman would move his severely injured body into to his truck instead of waiting for the ambulance. Isnt that rule number one? Dont move an injured body. Thats what first responders are for. Smelski is no small fry. He had to be thrown into that truck. Why? Whats the hurry? Why risk killing the guy? How long did it take to call the cops? How long did it take to get him into the truck irresponsibly for being a professional? How long was the wait at the ER? Weve all been there. Also, i hear chucks charges arent being dropped. Why not? Hes one of the guys they left laying in the road along with his girlfriend. Trust me. I can keep going and all of this is fact. HOW DO I KNOW ALL OF THESE THINGS?? And why is it ok to most if these questions go unanswered?

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George , how nice of you to add lines to your post that were not originally after being called out on your bias against the FD , good thing I now went back and noticed the nice line saying "a LOT more people do it that aren't in the fire department" nice job backtracking and doing a little CYA , since that line was not originally there, definitely wish Howard could get rid of the edit feature, if you are not going to accept criticism of what you say then you shouldn't say it at all

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Ummm i edited it for a spelling error. You got time stamps champ? That was the original post, with a spelling correction. It would be pretty silly for me to have a bias against the fire department if you actually knew who i am.

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In case you havent noticed, kid, ive taken all of the criticism head on. Sorry youre apparently a little butthurt because you ride an atv. Youre cool. Im sure. And i bet your whip is pretty tight. Go to bed.

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For you being an east pembroke fireman id think youd be smart enough to avoid this convo.

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Actually since i have you on the line here, what is protocol for handling a severely injured person? Not to call 911 and dump him in a truck? Seriously, when is the right time to put said person into a private vehicle and drive away? Is that like one one of those,"in case of emergency break glass" things?

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Pretty weird that this installation dinner had the lowest attendence in years. Not one fire commissioner showed up and the sheriff was a no show? You do realize im not the only one in east pembroke thats not happy right? But yea, glorious occassion to people on the outside looking in. Now im done for tonight. I didnt want it to go down this road but people throwing their hat in the ring without a clue as to whats really happening in the good ol EPDP kinda lit a fire under me.

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In regards to comment 71 we know exactly who you are George in half of these comments you're the brother in law and in the other half you're the wife of the man who received 0 votes against steve for this position

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And you proved it in your last comment because you were not at the banquet so you wouldn't know who was there but you seem to know everything so you must be someone that was there like your sister

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5% of what comes out of your mouth is even factual

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5% of what comes out of your mouth is even factual

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Actually I don't ride an ATV thank you very much, not my thing, way to expensive to own and maintain. As for the attendance by fire commissioners at the installation dinner, in the 7 years as a member I can only think of one commissioner that came to the dinner, and that is because he was a former chief. And no the Sherriff was not there this year, but the Undersherriff was, along with Rep. Hawley, business leaders from the local community and chiefs from surrounding Departments. And for the protocol for handling a seriously injured person, well I am not a medic personally burning can tell you there is this thing that happens all the time called a patient sign off where they refuse transport by ground ambulance. So here is an idea for you, the accident occurs, 911 is called, FD shows up, ambulance shows up shortly after since there is usually one sitting at Pembroke fire hall to allow faster response for the west end, patient analysis is done , Steve signs off and then is helped into a personal vehicle to be transported to the hospital thus freeing up space in the ambulance for others who may be more severely injured. I am not saying that is what happened as I was not there, but neither were you so how do you know what exactly happened? As for you not being the only one in East Pembroke that is not happy, you obviously moved into the area and can move right backout, my Stepfathers family has been living in the area for 60 years with no complaints, and there are plenty other families that have been here just as long with no issues, in fact one such family was at the installation dinner. You make me think of the people that build a house next to an airport and then say how the noise bothers them, they knew it was there and it is not going to move. You can have your own opinion, and obviously you do, but if these guys weren't good guys they wouldn't be where they are now.

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Im someones wife? What. Sorry. Missed that. I stand corrected. The newest commissioner that was voted in in december showed up. 4 of 5 were no shows. My apologies. Julie, thank you. Thats a personal attack right howard?

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Julie, you used to live with my sister. No beef with you. You sure i wasnt there? Were you checking people in at the 2 front doors of the church hall? Im just asking. Im not fighting eith you. Under sherif isnt the sherif. Just saying. I am pretty amazed the brotherhood is coming out though. Youre all tight knit. I get it. I havent attacked anyone and i wont. I understand imperfections brought to light will make people have an insulting, to some, knee jerk reaction. I have questions youre not comfortable answering. Its fine. Eventually theyll get answered. Daniel, resoect. Your opinion is what is. I didnt change anything. If it helps you sleep, cool.

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I also dont get my input from family members. I am a community observer, like a lot of others around here. Thanks peeps :)

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Why don't you go to bed and rest peacefully "George" because in the end it will be the EPFD that gets out of their beds tonight and leave their families to come help yours if by chance those sirens call tonight.

If you George are so perfect you should volunteer some of you time apparently you have plenty of free time as you haven't left this feed alone in 2 days sounds pretty personal to me

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And daniel. I see your point of view. Been here 4 years. 5 in august. Just because some people like noise doesnt mean everyone else does. If i didnt have a 3 year old i wouldnt care. When those motors are ripping past my house, within 20 feet of it all summer at all hours, it grows tiresome.

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Julie, yes, as a member of the community of east pembroke, its very personal.

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