Resolution J2577-2013

Congratulating Chief Donald Corkery upon the occasion of being selected as President of the Suffolk County Fire District Officers Association



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


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating  Chief  Donald  Corkery upon the
occasion of being selected as  President  of  the  Suffolk  County  Fire
District Officers Association

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 congratulate Chief Donald
Corkery upon the occasion of being selected as President of the  Suffolk
County Fire District Officers Association; and
  WHEREAS,  Donald  Corkery began his fire service career with the Wyan-
danch Fire Company in the fall of 1969; his dad was a  firefighter  with
the  Massapequa  Engine  Company No. 5, and his father-in-law is a Wyan-
danch ex-chief; and
  WHEREAS, Donald Corkery moved to Sayville, New York, and joined Resol-
ute Hose Company No. 1 of the Sayville Fire Department in 1972; he began
the progression as a line officer in 1976, and was elected as a lieuten-
ant and then captain of his company; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, in 1981, Donald Corkery was elected to assistant
chief, followed by acting chief in 1984;  he  served  as  chief  of  the
department from 1985-1987; and
  WHEREAS,  Active within the community, Donald Corkery served as Presi-
dent of the Islip Town Fire Chiefs Council, as well as the Suffolk Coun-
ty Fire Chiefs Council; in 1982, he was appointed a Deputy Fire  Coordi-
nator for Suffolk County; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, he later served as the Chief Deputy Fire Coordi-
nator  from  1992  to 2005, and as Deputy Commissioner of Suffolk County
Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services in 2005; he has been a member of  the
New  York State Association of Fire Chiefs since 1980, and served on the
Public Education, Codes, Life Safety, and Conference Committees  for  18
years; and
  WHEREAS, Donald Corkery began his profession as a fireman on a locomo-
tive for the Long Island Railroad, followed by a locomotive engineer; he
worked  in the Training Division for 25 years, and retired as the Direc-
tor of Training in 2004; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to training Long Island Railroad  employees,  his
responsibilities  included training firefighters from the New York City,
Nassau, and Suffolk Counties on railroad safety; he was also an instruc-
tor for the Suffolk County Fire Academy; and
  WHEREAS, Today, Donald Corkery is an active member of his  department,
and is the Blue Jays Drill Team driver; he is completing his fifth five-
year term as Fire Commissioner; and
  WHEREAS,  In  his  spare  time, when not serving his community, Donald
Corkery rides with the "Riders of Fire" Motorcycle Club; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife of  37  years,  Laura,
and  their  two children, Brian and Kate, 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; Donald
Corkery 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
congratulate Donald Corkery upon the occasion of being selected as Pres-
ident of the Suffolk County Fire District Officers Association;  and  be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chief Donald Corkery.


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