Resolution J203-2013

Commending Firefighter William J. Palmer, Sr. upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition after 50 years of dedicated service to the Ovid Fire Depar

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  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 24, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Firefighter  William J. Palmer, Sr.
upon the occasion of his designation for special  recognition  after  50
years of dedicated service to the Ovid Fire Department

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 Firefighter William
J.   Palmer, Sr. upon the occasion of his designation for special recog-
nition after 50 years of dedicated service to the Ovid Fire  Department,
to be observed at an Open House Celebration on Sunday, October 21, 2012,
at the Ovid Fire House, Ovid, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  William  J. Palmer, Sr. began his career as a firefighter on
January 2, 1962, with the Ovid Fire Department; and
  WHEREAS, After enlisting in the United States Navy, William J. Palmer,
Sr. began serving as a member of Lakeshore Volunteer Fire Department  in
Jacksonville, Florida; and
  WHEREAS,  Upon returning to New York, William J. Palmer, Sr. continued
his service to the Ovid Fire Department, serving as Lieutenant, Captain,
2nd Assistant Chief, 1st Assistant Chief, and finally as  Chief  of  the
Ovid Fire Department, a position he still holds today; and
  WHEREAS,  William  J. Palmer, Sr. also serves as a member of Ovid Fire
Department's Board of Directors; and
  WHEREAS, William J. Palmer, Sr.'s accolades include  Lakeshore  Volun-
teer  Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year in 1967, Seneca County's
Firefighter of the Year Awards in 1984 and  2006,  and  Seneca  County's
2003 Pete Scannell Award; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition to his firematic career, William J. Palmer, Sr.
retired in 2006 from the Village of Ovid  as  Superintendent  of  Public
Works with almost 40 years of service; and
  WHEREAS,  A  valued  and  involved member of his community, William J.
Palmer, Sr. has served as Chairman and member  of  the  Ovid  Strawberry
Festival  Committee  for over 20 years, and is also a Town of Ovid Coun-
cilman; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his  wife,  Bonnie,  their  six
children,  Chris, Tim, Julie, John, Arlo, and William Jr., 16 grandchil-
dren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to  be  a
part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; 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; William
J. Palmer, Sr. is such a firefighter; throughout his  years  of  devoted
service,  this volunteer 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 William J. Palmer, Sr.  upon  the  occasion  of  his
designation  for special recognition after 50 years of dedicated service
to the Ovid Fire Department; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to William J. Palmer, Sr.

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