Resolution J2535-2013

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Middleburgh Fire Department



  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  125th  Anniversary  of  the
Middleburgh Fire Department

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the  125th  Anni-
versary  of  the  Middleburgh  Fire Department and to honor its past and
present firefighting members for 125 years of  fire  protection  to  the
citizens of Middleburgh and its surrounding communities; and
  WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services  in every locality of our State; during the past 125 years, the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the Middleburgh  Fire  Department
have  valiantly  responded to all types of fire emergencies and have won
the praise and respect of the community which they serve; and
  WHEREAS, Firefighting in Middleburgh, New York, has a  long  and  rich
history dating back to October of 1780 when the first fire was recorded;
however,  history  of  the current department only dates back to January
1888 as the current Middleburgh Fire Department was formed; and
  WHEREAS, The rich history of firefighting was done by using the bucket
brigade, hand pumpers, hose carts, a steamer  engine,  and  a  hook  and
ladder until motorized fire apparatus came to be; and
  WHEREAS, The Middleburgh Fire Department has an active membership roll
of  20  members  and total membership of 30 individuals; its members are
trained in all different types  of  firefighting  skills,  as  they  now
answer 150-200 calls a year; and
  WHEREAS,  Today  the  Middleburgh  Fire  Department is only one of two
ladders within Schoharie County, and knowing  the  training  that  comes
with a ladder company is something it is proud of; and
  WHEREAS,  With  a  membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the Middleburgh Fire Department in public service and fire protection is
one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for  365  days  a  year,  for  125
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 Middleburgh Fire Department 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  Middleburgh Fire Department reflects the
history and development of firefighting over the past 125 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  125th  Anniversary  of  the  Middleburgh Fire
Department; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Middleburgh Fire Department.


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