Resolution J1550-2013

Honoring William Greene for 70 years of dedicated service to the Conesus Volunteer Fire Department



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring William Greene for 70 years of dedicated
service to the Conesus Volunteer Fire Department

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  intent  of this Legislative Body to recognize and
acknowledge the significant milestones in the distinguished fire  fight-
ing careers of esteemed residents of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body  is  justly  proud  to  honor
William  Greene  for  his 70 years of service with the Conesus Volunteer
Fire Department; and
  WHEREAS, The firefighters of New York State  are  renowned  throughout
the  Nation; their reputation is synonymous with excellence in the ardu-
ous 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 State's efforts to
spare us from the ravages of fire; 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, After a fire burned William Greene's father's store, as  well
as  half  of  Main  Street in Conesus in 1933, the town purchased a 1934
Dodge Brothers fire truck; William Greene's father was a driver for  the
truck;  William was allowed to go to the fire hall and ride on the truck
when he was a young teenager; and
  WHEREAS, William Greene joined the fire department on March  7,  1943;
shortly  thereafter  he left to serve with the United States Army during
World War II, returning to Conesus in 1946; and
  WHEREAS, Conesus Volunteer Fire Department was incorporated  in  1946;
William  Greene  served  on  the Board of Directors for a two-year term;
from 1952 to 1956 he continued his service in  the  roles  of  Assistant
Chief and Chief; and
  WHEREAS,  William  Greene's dedication to the fire department includes
years of service as a Fire Commissioner; he was appointed as an  Interim
Fire  Commissioner in 1964 and continued to serve as a Fire Commissioner
until he retired in 2011; during much of that time he served as Chairman
of the Board of Fire Commissioners; and
  WHEREAS,  William  Greene  was   actively   involved   in   overseeing
construction  of the current fire house; he has performed or coordinated
much of the upkeep, repairs and upgrades at the fire house; and
  WHEREAS, Demonstrating  a  strong  commitment  to  community  service,
William  Greene  and his wife, Betty, donated land and were instrumental
in getting playground equipment for Ricky Greene  Park,  a  recreational
area named in honor of their late son; 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;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor William Greene for his 70 years of dedicated service to the  Cone-
sus Volunteer Fire Department; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to William Greene.


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