Resolution J2039-2013

Commending the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department upon the occasion of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding

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  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 23, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending the First Aid Company of the Baldwin
Fire Department upon the occasion of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of
its founding, on June 4, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
tribute  to  those  volunteer organizations within the State of New York
that provide vital emergency medical rescue services; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department upon  the  occasion
of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding; and
  WHEREAS,  The  loyal and dedicated members of the First Aid Company of
the Baldwin Fire Department will celebrate this milestone at its Company
Meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, While the primary  function  of  the  First  Aid  Company  is
responding to medical calls in the community of Baldwin, New York, these
courageous volunteers also include firefighting, water rescue, and rehab
as part of their duties; and
  WHEREAS, The First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department began as
a unit of Hose Company No. 2 on May 8, 1933; Francis Musso, Claude Noon,
and Harold Hancox were appointed members of the new rescue squad; and
  WHEREAS,  Until 1938, the First Aid Rescue Squad was made up of volun-
teer firemen attached to Hose Company No. 2; on May 15, 1938,  the  unit
became  a  separate  Rescue Company of the Department and had elected as
officers Captain Francis Musso, Lieutenant Arthur Hults, Secretary Rich-
ard Demerest, and Treasurer Charles Brunner; and
  WHEREAS, Over the last 75 years, the First Aid Company of the  Baldwin
Fire  Department  has grown and evolved with the needs of its community,
expanding its equipment from a used, makeshift  rescue  vehicle  to  two
sophisticated  cardiac-equipped  ambulances and a heavy rescue truck, as
well enhancing the dedication and skill of its members with training  in
cutting edge life-saving methods; and
  WHEREAS,  At  its  founding  the  First Aid Company averaged 16 yearly
rescue calls; today it responds to over 1,500 alarms each year; and
  WHEREAS, Baldwin's First Aid Unit has made  outstanding  contributions
in  countless  hours  of community service and rendering aid and assist-
ance; and
  WHEREAS, Their unparalleled dedication has also manifested as  leader-
ship; many members of the First Aid Company have risen from the ranks of
firefighter to become Lieutenants and Captains, several have reached the
highest  office,  Chief of Department, and three members of the Company,
the late Henry Wright, the late Roy Eckels, and  Joseph  C.  Koch,  have
served the community as Fire Commissioners; and
  WHEREAS, Enduring much in their 75 years of service, the brave men and
women of the First Aid Company most recently have been on the front line
of  duty  in  response  to Super Storm Sandy's devastating impact on the
Baldwin community; and
  WHEREAS, Volunteer emergency medical service members are an  important
part  of  the safety net of America's healthcare system, and an integral
part of our Nation's efforts to combat the  impact  of  disasters;  they
provide  life-saving care to those in need, 24 hours a day, seven days a
week; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body cannot express sufficient gratitude  to
those devoted individuals who recognize that the preservation of life is
a  sacred  responsibility  and who make that responsibility their own by
serving as volunteers; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  the  First  Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department upon the
occasion of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its founding; and be  it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the First Aid Company of the Baldwin Fire Department.

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