Resolution J174-2013

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Harris Hill Fire Company, Clarence, New York



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Harris
Hill Fire Company, Clarence, New York

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the 75th Anniver-
sary of the Harris Hill Fire Company, and to honor its past and  present
firefighting  members for 75 years of fire protection to the citizens of
Clarence and its surrounding communities; and
  WHEREAS, The Harris Hill Fire Company was founded in 1937  to  provide
fire  protection to those who lived in the Harris Hill Garden area; John
H. Farrell was named president, and Nelson Irons was  the  first  chief;
  WHEREAS,  Meetings  were  held in the schoolhouse on Harris Hill Road;
the first piece of apparatus was a Studebaker, and a siren was installed
atop Dadswell's gas station to alert firefighters  to  emergency  calls;
  WHEREAS, The district has grown from a little bedroom community to one
that  encompasses  large  businesses, including Eastern Hills Mall, Home
Depot and Walmart; and
  WHEREAS, With a stretch of the Transit Road corridor in its  district,
Harris Hill Fire Company protects one of the largest commercial areas in
Western New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the  Harris Hill Fire Company now provides emergency
medical services, ice  water  rescue  and  other  help  in  addition  to
protection;  a  new facility replaced the small fire station in 2006 and
it was among the first  fire  company  facilities  in  the  area  to  be
LEED-certified as a green building; and
  WHEREAS,  When  the fire company was founded, hip boots, orange rubber
gloves, a rubber raincoat and a metal helmet  made  up  a  firefighter's
gear;  now  the equipment is much more sophisticated, with high-tech air
packs, fire resistant clothing and additional protective elements; and
  WHEREAS, With a membership of approximately  60  members,  the  Harris
Hill  Fire Company provides fire prevention presentations to schools and
gives education tours to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others; and
  WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services in every locality of our State; during the past 75  years,  the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the Harris Hill Fire Company have
valiantly  responded  to  all types of fire emergencies and have won the
praise and respect of the community which they serve; and
  WHEREAS, With a membership of dedicated firefighters,  the  record  of
the  Harris  Hill  Fire Company in public service and fire protection is
one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year, for 75 years,
whenever the alarm sounded, these noble volunteers left their homes  and
went to the aid of their neighbors; and
  WHEREAS,  The  brave  firefighters of the Harris Hill Fire Company are
prepared to risk their lives every day to help save the lives of  others
and  to  protect homes and property from the destruction caused by fire;
  WHEREAS, In addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated  by
individual  firefighters,  the  Harris  Hill  Fire  Company reflects the
history and development of firefighting over the past 75 years; 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 we should  give
special  recognition to those who work so assiduously for the betterment
of their communities, and acknowledge publicly  the  heroic  good  works

performed  by the volunteer fire departments of this great Empire State,
their officers and auxiliaries; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
proudly commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Harris Hill Fire  Compa-
ny; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Harris Hill Fire Company, Clarence, New York.


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