Resolution J3985-2013

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association Local 616

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  • Mar 18, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 18, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 12, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk
Professional Firefighters Association Local 616

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  intent  of this Legislative Body to recognize and
honor fire departments and their members who have exhibited great  dedi-
cation, courage and selflessness in protecting their neighbors from fire
and other disasters in this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Since the early days of the "teapot steamers," the firefight-
er  has  been  the  cornerstone of our great State's efforts to spare us
from the ravages of fire; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 75th Anniversary  of  the  Dunkirk  Professional  Firefighters
Association Local 616; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association Local 616
hired its first paid members in 1899, after the  City  of  Dunkirk,  New
York, bought horse-drawn fire wagons; and
  WHEREAS,  In  February of 1939, the members who were already organized
as the Dunkirk permanent firemen became  affiliated  with  the  Interna-
tional  Association  of  Firefighters  (IAFF)  as Local 616; their first
President was Thomas Moody; and
  WHEREAS, The IAFF represents over  300,000  professional  firefighters
and  paramedics  who protect 85 percent of the nation's population; more
than 3,200 affiliates protect communities in every state and Canada; and
  WHEREAS, In 1948, Local 616 began affiliation with the New York  State
Professional  Fire  Fighters  Association, the AFL-CIO, Western New York
Labor Federation, and the Dunkirk Area Labor Council; and
  WHEREAS, Currently, the Dunkirk Fire Department  has  24  professional
firefighters who staff three stations and provide fire protection, emer-
gency  medical services, and specialized rescue and response to the City
of Dunkirk; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to saving lives, the Dunkirk  Professional  Fire-
fighters  Association Local 616 has a proud tradition of being active in
fundraising and contributing  to  the  community  through  the  Muscular
Dystrophy Association, Dunkirk Little League, Northern Chautauqua Soccer
Association, Youth Hockey, Dunkirk Midget League Football, the Salvation
Army, and the retired firefighters cancer fund; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Association's active members, with a focus on community
service, provide vital services to their beloved community; these  first
responders  are  devoted  to helping their neighbors in times of extreme
need; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  publicly  recog-
nize  distinguished  fire  organizations  which  have  achieved  notable
success in protecting lives and property over the course of  their  long
histories in this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Professional  Firefight-
ers Association Local 616; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association Local 616.

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