LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Firefighter Paul Rausch, a Charter Member of Forestburgh Fire Company No. 1, upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition after 50 years of dedicated service WHEREAS, The firefighters of New York State are renowned throughout the Nation; their reputation is synonymous with excellence in the arduous field of fire protection and prevention; and WHEREAS, Since the early days of "teapot steamers," the volunteer firefighter has been the cornerstone of our great Nation's efforts to spare us from the ravages of fire; and WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commend Paul Rausch, a Charter Member of Forestburgh Fire Company No. 1, Forestburgh, New York, upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition after 50 years of dedicated service; and WHEREAS, Paul Rausch will be honored at Forestburgh Fire Company No. 1's 50th Annual Fire Company Dinner, to be held at Mr. Willy's Restau- rant in Monticello, New York on Saturday, April 20, 2013; and WHEREAS, Volunteer firefighters and fire departments not only provide the critical service of fire protection but also engage in other activ- ities of great benefit and importance to the communities they serve; and WHEREAS, It takes a special dedication, a strong desire to help others and a tireless sense of community to forsake precious time with family and friends to respond to the signal that a neighbor is in need; Paul Rausch is such a firefighter; throughout his 50 years of devoted service, he has heroically performed, above and beyond the call of duty, those responsibilities which define the task of fire protection; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commend Firefighter Paul Rausch for 50 years of distinguished service to Forestburgh Fire Company No. 1; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran- smitted to Paul Rausch.