Resolution J12-2013

Commending the volunteers of the Merrick Fire Department upon the occasion of being recognized as Merrick Herald's People of the Year 2012

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  the  volunteers of the Merrick Fire
Department upon the occasion of being  recognized  as  Merrick  Herald's
People of the Year 2012

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are  reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those individ-
uals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the community and its
citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the volunteers of the Merrick Fire Department upon the occasion of being
recognized as Merrick Herald's People of the Year 2012; and
  WHEREAS, On October 28, 2012, one day before Hurricane  Sandy  whipped
across  the  Tristate  area, first assistant chief Michael Gargan of the
Merrick Fire Department ordered his volunteers to their respective fire-
houses; they slept at their stations, ready to respond to a  call  at  a
moment's notice; and
  WHEREAS,  The following morning, the Merrick Fire Department was inun-
dated with phone calls from homeowners reporting downed power lines  and
flooded homes while Hurricane Sandy spent the rest of that Monday churn-
ing up the East Coast, gaining power as it went; and
  WHEREAS,  The  valiant members of the Merrick Fire Department went out
into the tempest, risking their lives to extinguish the  numerous  fires
that  broke  out  as electrical systems and home generators shorted out;
and
  WHEREAS, At the same time, department volunteers  helped  to  evacuate
the neediest residents who had remained in the flood zone -- the elderly
and small children; and
  WHEREAS,  The acts of heroism performed by the 60 firefighters on duty
during Hurricane Sandy were too numerous to count; and
  WHEREAS, In the weeks following the storm, the Merrick Fire Department
responded to more than 300 additional calls; 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  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the volunteers of the Merrick Fire Department upon the  occasion
of  being recognized as Merrick Herald's People of the Year 2012; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chief Michael Gargan, Merrick Fire Department.

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