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Matt Pietrzykowski was named Firefighter of the Year by the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department. Presenting the award were Sean McPhee and Ryan Hinz. 
Photo by Howard Owens.

Alexander Volunteer Fire Department members were proud to show off their renovated rec hall on Saturday during its 2024 awards and installation dinner.

With freshly painted walls, ceiling and a newly poured epoxy floor, the $50,000 renovation gives the hall a fresher, newer look.

It was also a night to recognize a few of the department's key contributors in 2023, including Firefighter of the Year Matt Pietrzykowski, who responded to a fatal fire in February.  He was the firefighter who found the deceased's body and was commended for his career and professionalism in handling the situation.

Jim Burkhardt and Regan McPhee were named EMS Providers of the Year. 

Regan McPhee received the Chief's Award.

The newly installed officers are, on the Firematic side:

  • James Burkhardt, chief
  • Nathan Fix, deputy chief
  • Thomas Green, 1st assistant chief
  • Anthony Johnston, 2nd assistant chief
  • Matthew Pietrzykowski, 3rd assistant chief
  • Jenny McPhee, EMS captain
  • Todd Fleenor, EMS lieutenant
  • Nicholas Yackeren, truck lieutenant
  • Lance Scharlau, training captain
  • Bernie Fix, safety officer
  • John Meier, parade chairman
  • Heidi Richmond, parade co-chairman

Administrative officers:

  • Sean McPhee, president
  • Thomas Green, vice-president
  • Amanda Donnelly, recording secretary
  • Heidi McPhee, financial secretary
  • Barbara Pietrzykowski, treasurer
  • Robert Spiers, chaplin
  • and, trustees Matthew Fernaays, Nathan Fix, Amanda Donnelly, Nicholas Yackeren, Anthony Johnston, Darlene Merle, Matthew Pietrzkowski, and Matthew Grimes.
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Jim Burkhardt and Regan McPhee were named EMS Providers of the Year. Presenting the awards were Todd Fleenor and Jenny McPhee.
Photo by Howard Owens
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Regan McPhee received the Chief's Award from Jim Burkhardt.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Department President Sean McPhee with remarks during the ceremony.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Installation of officers.
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Honoring members who passed.
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Honoring members who have passed, including former member Sgt. Thomas Sanfrello, with a Stetson on the right, who died in the line of duty on March 10.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/alexander-fire-shows-off-rec-hall-renovations-installs-officers-presents-awards-at#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/alexander-fire-shows-off-rec-hall-renovations-installs-officers-presents-awards-at May 20, 2024, 7:55am fire services Alexander Fire shows off rec hall renovations, installs officers, presents awards at annual dinner Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="alexander fire dinner" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/alexander-fire-dinner.jpg?itok=AZOa4Zcy" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Matt Pietrzykowski was named Firefighter of the Year by the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department. Presenting the award were Sean McPhee and Ryan Hinz.&nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Alexander Volunteer Fire Department members were proud to show off their renovated rec hall on Saturday during its 2024 awards and installation dinner.</p><p>With freshly painted walls, ceiling and a newly poured epoxy floor, the $50,000 renovation gives the hall a fresher, newer look.</p><p>It was also a night</p>
Pembroke Fire District honors its most dedicated members at annual dinner https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pembroke-fire-district-honors-its-most-dedicated-members-at-annual-dinner/639285
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Raymond Mault, Firefighter of the Year, and Chief Jamie Waff.
Photo by Howard Owens.

Many of the honors on Saturday night during the Pembroke Fire District Awards and Installation Dinner at the Fire Hall in Pembroke went to those men and women who showed up for more than 100 calls during 2023 and to those who have put in at least 50 years.

But the Firefighter of the Year Award went to somebody who didn't go on the most calls and hasn't yet made it to 50 years but, despite battling an illness, has still made his presence felt.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pembroke-fire-district-honors-its-most-dedicated-members-at-annual-dinner/639285#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pembroke-fire-district-honors-its-most-dedicated-members-at-annual-dinner/639285 May 6, 2024, 8:00am fire services Pembroke Fire District honors its most dedicated members at annual dinner Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="pembroke-fire-district-awards-installation" class="image-style-large" height="667" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/pembroke-fire-district-awards-installation.jpg?itok=2MkmI29E" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Raymond Mault, Firefighter of the Year, and Chief Jamie Waff.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Many of the honors on Saturday night during the Pembroke Fire District Awards and Installation Dinner at the Fire Hall in Pembroke went to those men and women who showed up for more than 100 calls during 2023 and to those who have put in at least 50 years.</p><p>But the Firefighter of the Year Award went to somebody who didn't go on the most calls and hasn't yet made it to 50 years but, despite battling an illness, has still made his presence felt.</p>
Pavilion Fire receives donation from staff of Batavia Middle School https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/pavilion-fire-receives-donation-from-staff-of-batavia-middle-school/639023
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The Pavilion Fire Department accepted a donation on Friday made possible through the generosity of the Batavia Middle School’s dress-down days. 

Rebecca Matteson, the mother of a patient treated by the department in May 2021, made the donation to the department. 

Jeffrey DeMare was involved in an automobile accident involving one box truck and two semis at the curve on Route 63 and Peoria Road. Thanks to quick actions taken by a good Samaritan and a State trooper from Wyoming County, who both applied a tourniquet and with the Pavilion Fire Department providing Basic Life Support, Jeffrey was able to make a full recovery after multiple surgeries. 

Ken Weaver, president of the Pavilion Fire Department, accepted the check. Jeffrey is standing to the right of Rebecca. Also in the photo are firefighters who responded to the call.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/pavilion-fire-receives-donation-from-staff-of-batavia-middle-school/639023#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/pavilion-fire-receives-donation-from-staff-of-batavia-middle-school/639023 Apr 14, 2024, 7:50am fire services Pavilion Fire receives donation from staff of Batavia Middle School Staff <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/434722532_945554447288751_1984778878361776899_n.jpg?itok=de5LzaDq" width="800" height="503" alt="pavilion fire department " class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p><span>The Pavilion Fire Department accepted a donation on Friday made possible through the generosity of the Batavia Middle School’s dress-down days.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Rebecca Matteson, the mother of a patient treated by the department in May 2021, made the donation to the department.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Jeffrey DeMare was involved in an automobile accident</span></p>
Stafford Fire recognizes top responders in 2023, installs 2024 officers at annual dinner https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/stafford-fire-recognizes-top-responders-in-2023-installs-2024-officers-at-annual
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For 2023, the Firefighter of the Year in the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department was a collective award, going to the Top 10 responders (11 members, counting a tie) for the year.

The Firefighters of the Year are Brian Breemes, Randal Henning, Tim Eckdahl, Chris Penkszyk, Mark Dougherty, Ashley Swartzenberg, Jason Smith, Ken Collins, Brian Pocock, Don Hall, and Ben Pocock.

The firematic officers installed for 2024 are:

  • Timothy Eckdahl, chief
  • Brian Pocock, 1st assistant chief
  • Brian Breemes, 2nd assistant chief
  • Kari Breemes, 3rd assistant chief
  • Jason Smith, 4th assistant chief
  • Randal Henning, rescue squad captain
  • Chad Rambach, rescue squad lietuenent 
  • Donald Hall, fire police captain
  • Ben Fox, fire police lieutenant
  • Brian Pocock, master mechanic
  • Brian Breemes and Matt Hendershott, training officers
  • Julie Bobo and Ashley Swartzenberg, chief's secretary

The administrative officers: 

  • James Call, president
  • Kari Breemes, vice president
  • Bonnie Logsdon, secretary
  • Stephanie Call, treasurer
  • Trustees: Stanley Gere, Jason Smith, Ashley Swartzenberg, Chad Rambach, Stephanie Call
  • Auditors: Ben Fox and Kenneth Collins.

The dinner was held on Saturday at the Batavia Country Club.

Photos by Howard Owens

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/stafford-fire-recognizes-top-responders-in-2023-installs-2024-officers-at-annual#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/stafford-fire-recognizes-top-responders-in-2023-installs-2024-officers-at-annual Apr 14, 2024, 7:45am fire services Stafford Fire recognizes top responders in 2023, installs 2024 officers at annual dinner Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/stafford-fire-dinner-2024.jpg?itok=OvtVv95Y" width="800" height="533" alt="stafford fire dinner 2024" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>For 2023, the Firefighter of the Year in the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department was a collective award, going to the Top 10 responders (11 members, counting a tie) for the year.</p><p>The Firefighters of the Year are Brian Breemes, Randal Henning, Tim Eckdahl, Chris Penkszyk, Mark Dougherty, Ashley Swartzenberg</p>
Pavilion Fire honors volunteers, installs officers at annual dinner https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-fire-honors-volunteers-installs-officers-at-annual-dinner/638792
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Codey O'Neill, Jason Everett, Bryen Murrock, and Firefighter of the Year, Ken Weaver.
Photos by Howard Owens.

Members of the Pavilion Volunteer Fire Department honored their own on Saturday at the fire hall with an awards and installation dinner.

Ken Weaver was named Firefighter of the Year. Dave Clor received the EMS Person of the Year award. Paul Daugherty received the President's Award.

Tom Garlock, Jason Everett, Chris Holley, and Don Roblee Jr. received a special EMS award for their effort to deliver a baby during a snowstorm in January. The baby was named Cinderella.

Matt Jacobs received the Lifetime Member Award.

Jerry Fitzsimmons was honored as a 50-year member for 2022, and Don Roblee and Ken Weaver were honored for 50 years in 2023.

The 2024 officers:

  • Jason Everett, chief
  • Bryen Murrock, 1st asst. chief
  • Codey O'Neill, 2nd asst. chief
  • Chris Holley, captain
  • Kelly Murrock, captain
  • Jason True, lieutenant
  • Dewey Murrock, lieutenant
  • Ken Weaver, fire police captain
  • Dave Clor, safety officer
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Codey O'Neill, Jason Everett, Bryen Murrock, and Dave Clor.
Photos by Howard Owens.
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Chris Holley, Don Roblee Jr., Tom Garlock, and Jason Everett.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Paul Daugherty and Ken Weaver.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Jerry Fitzsimmons
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Doug Wright, Ken Weaver, Don Roblee, and Assemblyman Steve Hawley.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-fire-honors-volunteers-installs-officers-at-annual-dinner/638792#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/pavilion-fire-honors-volunteers-installs-officers-at-annual-dinner/638792 Mar 25, 2024, 5:37pm fire services Pavilion Fire honors volunteers, installs officers at annual dinner Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="pavilion-fire-dinner-2024" class="image-style-large" height="535" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-03/pavilion-fire-dinner-2024.jpg?itok=pTME316W" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Codey O'Neill, Jason Everett, Bryen Murrock, and Firefighter of the Year, Ken Weaver.</em><br><em>Photos by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Members of the Pavilion Volunteer Fire Department honored their own on Saturday at the fire hall with an awards and installation dinner.</p><p>Ken Weaver was named Firefighter of the Year. Dave Clor received the EMS Person of the Year award. Paul Daugherty received the President's Award.</p><p>Tom Garlock, Jason</p>
East Pembroke Fire catches up with three years of awards at installation dinner https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/east-pembroke-fire-catches-up-with-three-years-of-awards-at-installation-dinner/638710
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James Gayton was named Firefighter of the Year for East Pembroke at the department's awards and installation dinner on Saturday night.
Photo by Howard Owens.

It's been four years since the East Pembroke Fire Department came together for an awards and officer installation dinner, so there were a few awards to hand out on Saturday night.

Chief Don Newton recognized years of service and training hours for 2021, 2022, and 2023, as well as handing out, along with Tim Yaeger, the Service Awards and Firefighter of the Year for each year.

The Service Award for 2021 went to the Genesee County Health Department for support and assistance during the pandemic.

Jennifer Groff was named Firefighter of the Year for 2021.

For 2022, the Service Award went to the Genesee County Office of Emergency Management for all of its assistance around Christmas when Winter Storm Elliott hit.

Dave Martin, who couldn't attend the dinner, was named Firefighter of the Year for 2022.

Willie Welch received a special award for his 40 years of dedicated service to the fire department and the county. Paul Fenton also has 40 years of service but wasn't available on Saturday night.

The Service Award for 2023 went to Adam Pearce. 

The Firefighter of the Year for 2023 is James Gayton, who was recognized for his dedication to the department, whether it is fixing things that are broken, cleaning what needs to be cleaned, or barbecuing at fundraisers.

Newton said, "He puts his time in and gives us the best of everything he can."

The 2024 firematic officers:

  • Don Newton, Jr., chief
  • Charles Chatley, deputy chief
  • Andrew Martin, assistant chief
  • Travis Dobrowsky, EMS chief
  • James Gayton, firematic captain
  • Jennifer Groff, EMS captain
  • Ken Marble, exterior fire captain
  • Kyle Rupp, firematic lieutenant
  • Stephen Smelski, EMS lieutenant
  • Richard Groff, fire police captain

Administrative Officers:

  • Donald Newton, Sr., president
  • Ken Marble, vice president
  • Julie Waldron, secretary and parade marshall
  • Riley Martin, sergeant of arms
  • Adam Pearce, assistant parade marshall
  • Pastor Bloom, chaplin

Board of Directors: Andrew Martin, Donald Newton, Sr., Charles Chatley, Ken Marble, Stephen Smelski, Julie Waldron, Dale Lewter, Patrick Gallaway.

District Representatives:

  • James Gayton, chairman
  • Patrick Reeves, sergeant of arms
  • Kristi Humphrey, treasurer,
  • Kevin Gill, assistant chairman
  • MaryAnn Chatley, secretary
  • Richard Groff, commissioner
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Tim Yaeger, Genesee County's emergency management coordinator, was the evening's master of ceremonies.
Photos by Howard Owens.
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Don Newton, Tim Yaeger, Charles Chatley, and Gary Patnode (Office of Emergency Management), with the 2022 Service Award
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Bill Welch receiving the 2023 Service Award from Tim Yaeger.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Adam Pearce received the Service Award for 2023, with Don Newton.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Tim Yaeger presented to Chief Don Newton and the department an award for most training hours in the county in 2023.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Don Newton, Charles Chatley, and Andrew Martin, with plaques they received in recognition of their position as chief, deputy chief, and assistant chief.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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Tim Yaeger administered the oath of office.
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James Gayton rang a bell and Charles Chatley lit candles to honor first responders who have passed in the last year, including a candle for Sgt. Thomas Sanfratello, whose funeral service was earlier in the day on Saturday.
Photo by Howard Owens.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/east-pembroke-fire-catches-up-with-three-years-of-awards-at-installation-dinner/638710#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/east-pembroke-fire-catches-up-with-three-years-of-awards-at-installation-dinner/638710 Mar 17, 2024, 5:11pm fire services East Pembroke Fire catches up with three years of awards at installation dinner Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="east pembroke fire dinner 2024" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-03/eastpembroke-fire-dinner.jpg?itok=CWtrKxJ5" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>James Gayton was named Firefighter of the Year for East Pembroke at the department's awards and installation dinner on Saturday night.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>It's been four years since the East Pembroke Fire Department came together for an awards and officer installation dinner, so there were a few awards to hand out on Saturday night.</p><p>Chief Don Newton recognized years of service and training hours for 2021, 2022, and 2023, as well as</p>
Bethany Volunteer Fire Department holds 2024 Installation of Officers Banquet https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/bethany-volunteer-fire-department-holds-2024-installation-of-officers-banquet/638279
Members of Bethany Fire Department were installed for the 2024 year.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Members of Bethany Fire Department were installed for the 2024 year.  
Photo by Steve Ognibene

This past Saturday evening, Fire Chief Jeff Fluker of Bethany Fire Department led as the master of ceremonies at Bethany’s annual awards and installation of officer’s banquet. 

More than 80 people attended including VIP guests from other area fire departments, including Alexander, Attica, Elba, Pavilion, Stafford, and Wyoming.

Dignitaries from Steve Hawley’s office, Jayleen Carney and Senator George Borrello’s office, and Genesee County Legislator Gregg Torrey attended to present years of service pin awards and acknowledgments.  

Dan Coffey presented the installation of officers for 2024.  Jeff Fluker, and Will Thurley announced the Firefighter of the Year award to Jeff Wolak. 

Vicki Wolak announced the EMS Awards.  They were given to Brian Britton, Carl Hyde Jr., Will Thurley, and Jeff Wolak.  Also, Wolak recognized three new EMTs -- Glenn Adams, Britney Johnson, and Peggy Johnson.

The Chief's Award was given to Carl Hyde Jr.  

The memorial service, led by Pastor Walter Wenhold,  honored William Shae and all deceased members of the department.

The department responded to 151 total calls in 2023. 

The top responders were:

  • Peg Johnson, 16 calls
  • Don Frank, 16 calls
  • Vicki Wolak, 26 calls
  • Gail Smith, 30 calls
  • Glenn Adams, 36 calls
  • Lyle Boundy, 47 calls
  • Carl Hyde Jr., 48 calls
  • Will Thurley, 50 calls
  • Brian Britton, 51 calls
  • Jeff Wolak, 59 calls

If anyone is interested in joining or learn more, contact Chief Jeff Fluker at 585-300-8153 or come to the fire hall any Monday night at 7 p.m.

To view or purchase photos, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene

Chief Jeff Fluker, master of ceremonies.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Chief Jeff Fluker, master of ceremonies.  
Photo by Steve Ognibene
Firefighter of the Year Award presented to Jeff Wolak.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Firefighter of the Year Award presented to Jeff Wolak.  
Photo by Steve Ognibene
Chiefs award presented to Carl Hyde Jr.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Chiefs Award presented to Carl Hyde Jr.  
Photo by Steve Ognibene
Left to right Jeff Fluker and Vicki Wolak presented EMS Awards to Will Thurley, Carl Hyde Jr, Jeff Fluker and Brian Britton (not pictured)  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Left to right Jeff Fluker and Vicki Wolak presented EMS Awards to Will Thurley, Carl Hyde Jr, Jeff Fluker, and Brian Britton (not pictured)  
Photo by Steve Ognibene
Left to right, Jayleen Carney from Steve Hawley's office and Jeff Fluker presented Peggy Johnson for her twenty years of service pin & recognition certificate.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Left to right, Jayleen Carney from Steve Hawley's office and Jeff Fluker presented Peggy Johnson for her 20 years of service pin and recognition certificate.  
Photo by Steve Ognibene
Left to Right, Bethany Line Officers are Fire Police Captain Carl Hyde Jr., Lieutenant Jake Howland, Fire Captain Will Thurley, 2nd Assistant Chief Jeff Wolak, 1st Assistant Chief John Szymkowiak, and Chief Jeff Fluker  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Left to Right, Bethany Line Officers are Fire Police Captain Carl Hyde Jr., Lieutenant Jake Howland, Fire Captain Will Thurley, 2nd Assistant Chief Jeff Wolak, 1st Assistant Chief John Szymkowiak, and Chief Jeff Fluker  
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https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/bethany-volunteer-fire-department-holds-2024-installation-of-officers-banquet/638279#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/bethany-volunteer-fire-department-holds-2024-installation-of-officers-banquet/638279 Feb 13, 2024, 7:50am fire services Bethany Volunteer Fire Department holds 2024 Installation of Officers Banquet sognibene <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Members of Bethany Fire Department were installed for the 2024 year. Photo by Steve Ognibene" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/a76y8512.JPG?itok=UPtpA2GP" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Members of Bethany Fire Department were installed for the 2024 year. &nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Steve Ognibene</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>This past Saturday evening, Fire Chief Jeff Fluker of Bethany Fire Department led as the master of ceremonies at Bethany’s annual awards and installation of officer’s banquet.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p>More than 80 people attended including VIP guests from other area fire departments, including Alexander, Attica, Elba, Pavilion, Stafford, and Wyoming.</p>
'I enjoy helping people:' Corfu volunteer honored for 70 years of active service in fire department https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/i-enjoy-helping-people-corfu-volunteer-honored-for-70-years-of-active-service-in-fire
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Chief Greg Lang presents Jim Mallory with a trophy as one of the honors Mallory received on Saturday evening from the Corfu Volunteer Fire Department in recognition of his 70 years of service to the community as a volunteer firefighter.  Assistant Chief Dean Eck looks on.
Photo by Howard Owens. 

There are volunteers throughout the county who remain on their department's active rolls after 50, 60, or even 70 years of service. But they aren't typically responding to calls any more.

At 88 years old, after 70 years of service to the Corfu Volunteer Fire Department, Jim Mallory still attends Monday evening training sessions, turns out to emergency calls, sometimes drives a rescue truck, and remains a member of the fire district's board of commissioners.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/i-enjoy-helping-people-corfu-volunteer-honored-for-70-years-of-active-service-in-fire#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/i-enjoy-helping-people-corfu-volunteer-honored-for-70-years-of-active-service-in-fire Jan 22, 2024, 8:30am fire services 'I enjoy helping people:' Corfu volunteer honored for 70 years of active service in fire department Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="corfu volunteer fire department installation dinner 2024" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/corfu-fire-installation-dinner-2023.jpg?itok=39SP1RPk" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Chief Greg Lang presents Jim Mallory with a trophy as one of the honors Mallory received on Saturday evening from the Corfu Volunteer Fire Department in recognition of his 70 years of service to the community as a volunteer firefighter. &nbsp;Assistant Chief Dean Eck looks on.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.&nbsp;</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>There are volunteers throughout the county who remain on their department's active rolls after 50, 60, or even 70 years of service. But they aren't typically responding to calls any more.</p><p>At 88 years old, after 70 years of service to the Corfu Volunteer Fire Department, Jim Mallory still attends Monday evening training sessions, turns out to emergency calls, sometimes drives a rescue truck, and remains a member of the fire district's board of commissioners.</p>
South Byron Fire honors its own, swears in 2024 officers at annual dinner https://www.thebatavian.com/virginia-kropf/south-byron-fire-honors-its-own-swears-in-2024-officers-at-annual-dinner/638001
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Fred Klycek, left, is speechless after Bob Wilson, vice president of the South Byron Fire Company, presented him with awards as Fireman of the Year and Member of the Year.
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 South Byron Volunteer Fire Company’s 48th annual banquet was one of celebration and remembrance.

The fire company, which is 104 years old, began the evening with a welcome and introduction of guests by emcee Fred Klycek.

After a prayer by the Rev. Harold Coller, a buffet dinner was served

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https://www.thebatavian.com/virginia-kropf/south-byron-fire-honors-its-own-swears-in-2024-officers-at-annual-dinner/638001#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/virginia-kropf/south-byron-fire-honors-its-own-swears-in-2024-officers-at-annual-dinner/638001 Jan 22, 2024, 8:00am fire services South Byron Fire honors its own, swears in 2024 officers at annual dinner Virginia Kropf <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="south byron fire dinner" class="image-style-large" height="595" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/20240120_200729.jpg?itok=cdYdeokM" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Fred Klycek, left, is speechless after Bob Wilson, vice president of the South Byron Fire Company, presented him with awards as Fireman of the Year and Member of the Year.</em><br><em>Photo by Virginia Kropf</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>&nbsp;South Byron Volunteer Fire Company’s 48th annual banquet was one of celebration and remembrance.</p><p>The fire company, which is 104 years old, began the evening with a welcome and introduction of guests by emcee Fred Klycek.</p><p>After a prayer by the Rev. Harold Coller, a buffet dinner was served</p>
Photo: Chapin donates salt spreaders to Town of Batavia Fire https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photo-chapin-donates-salt-spreaders-to-town-of-batavia-fire/637995
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When the folks at Chapin International learned that the Town of Batavia Fire Department needed salt spreaders to help emergency responders keep vital paths and driveways clear of ice and snow, the Batavia-based company came through with a donation of two spreaders for the Stringham Drive station. Pictured are Bill Kegler, Chapin's VP of operations, and Daniel Jacques, a director on the Town of Batavia Fire board.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photo-chapin-donates-salt-spreaders-to-town-of-batavia-fire/637995#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photo-chapin-donates-salt-spreaders-to-town-of-batavia-fire/637995 Jan 20, 2024, 1:35pm fire services Photo: Chapin donates salt spreaders to Town of Batavia Fire Staff <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="chapin town of batavia fire" class="image-style-large" height="1001" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/1705697513937.jpeg?itok=oAI7EFSa" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>When the folks at Chapin International learned that the Town of Batavia Fire Department needed salt spreaders to help emergency responders keep vital paths and driveways clear of ice and snow, the Batavia-based company came through with a donation of two spreaders for the Stringham Drive station. Pictured are Bill Kegler, Chapin's VP of operations, and Daniel Jacques, a director on the Town of Batavia Fire board.</em><br><em>Submitted photo.</em></figcaption> </figure>