Resolution J3221-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Ilion Fire Department, to be celebrated on May 20, 2013

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  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Ilion
Fire Department, to be celebrated on May 20, 2013

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the  150th  Anni-
versary  of the Ilion Fire Department, and to honor its past and present
firefighting members for 150 years of fire protection to  the  residents
of the Village of Ilion, New York, and its surrounding communities; this
extraordinary  milestone  will be celebrated on Monday, May 20, 2013, at
the Central Fire Station in Ilion; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated  by
its  individual  firefighters,  the  Ilion  Fire Department reflects the
history and development of firefighting over the past 150 years; and
  WHEREAS, The Volunteer  Fire  Department  in  the  Village  of  Ilion,
Herkimer  County,  was founded in 1863; originally named the Armory Hose
Company, it was organized by the Remington  Arms  Company  to  meet  the
needs of the village which had changed significantly from a small commu-
nity consisting of 7 dwellings, 2 storehouses and 1 school to a thriving
metropolis of approximately 2880 residents; and
  WHEREAS,  The  initial  company  was  composed  of  48 volunteers, all
employees of the Remington Armory; R. R.  Bennett  was  appointed  first
chief  engineer and Alfred Brooks and Kitzmiller, 1st and 2nd engineers;
and
  WHEREAS, The equipment consisted of 3 hand operated  pumps  maintained
by John E. Dodge; the company boasted of such names as John Islam, Jacob
Wells,  Richard  Winegar,  J. F. Haley, A. N. Ross, John Seaver, Summer,
Wilcox, Servis, Groves, Alonzo Rasbach, Kinney, Ballard,  Kane,  Harter,
and many others; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1870,  the village board purchased a new hand engine for
$1200 and formed Excelsior Hose Company No. 2, which later became  known
as  the  C.  W. Carpenter Hose Company, and today is known as Ilion Hose
Company No. 2; Ilion Hose Company No. 1  is  the  original  Armory  Hose
Company formed by the Remington Armory; and
  WHEREAS, The Volunteer Fire Department in the Village of Ilion contin-
ued  to  expand  as the village expanded; after the establishment of the
Remington Typewriter Company in 1874, the population of the  Village  of
Ilion  increased to 4500 and, in 1876, the village purchased two Silsbee
Rotary Steamers for $4,000 each; and
  WHEREAS, The Ilion water supply system was installed in 1891  and  the
fire  alarm system in 1911 under the supervision of George O. Luce, then
fire chief of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department;  in  1913  the  first
motor fire truck was purchased; and
  WHEREAS,  The  fire department was entirely volunteer until 1919, when
the paid Ilion Fire Department was organized and George O.  Luce  became
the  first chief; the Department's second chief, Sanford Getman, was, at
the time of his appointment, the youngest fire chief of any town in  the
country; and
  WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services  in every locality of our State; during the past 150 years, the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the Village of Ilion  have  vali-
antly responded to all types of fire emergencies and have won the praise
and respect of the community they serve; and
  WHEREAS,  With  a  membership of dedicated firefighters, the record of
the Ilion Fire Department in public service and fire protection  is  one
to  be  envied;  for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year, for 150 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  Ilion 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;
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 and  paid  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 150th Anniversary of the Ilion Fire  Department;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Ilion Fire Department.

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