Resolution J4378-2013

Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 2, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the Lake-
side Volunteer Fire Department

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  commemorate  the
65th  Anniversary  of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department, and and to
honor all of its past and present members, for providing the citizens of
the Towns of Geddes, Van Buren and parts of Camillus with  65  years  of
exemplary fire protection; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is  the  intent  of  this  Legislative  Body  to
commemorate  the 65th Anniversary of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment; and
  WHEREAS, Fire Departments are an integral part of community protection
in localities across this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, For the past 65 years, the  courageous  and  dedicated  fire-
fighters  of  the  Lakeside  Volunteer  Fire  Department  have valiantly
devoted their hard work and efforts to respond to various fire  emergen-
cies,  all  the while earning the praise and respect of the community in
which they serve; and
  WHEREAS, For the past 65 years, the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department
has provided various fire, rescue and emergency services  to  the  resi-
dents  of  the  Towns  of  Geddes,  Van Buren and Camillus, such as fire
suppression, fire prevention, vehicle rescue, life saving measures,  and
community-wide safety programs; and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  fall  of 1946, conversations began among interested
residents in the Lakeland-Lakeside  area  to  create  a  volunteer  fire
department;  throughout the next two years, after several petitions were
previously turned down, the Geddes Town Board  approved  a  petition  to
create a fire protection district in the Lakeland-Lakeside area; and
  WHEREAS,  It  then became necessary for the New York State Legislature
to pass legislation permitting the Town to  decrease  the  size  of  the
current  fire  protection  district  and allow for the creation of a new
fire district; and
  WHEREAS, Even with all these obstacles, in July of 1949, the  Lakeside
Volunteer  Fire district was formed with boundaries of 300 feet south of
Pleasant Beach Road to the north of  Stiles  Road  and  boundaries  that
stretch  to  the  Camillus  Town Line and west to the shores of Onondaga
Lake; and
  WHEREAS, The first Fire Chief was William E. Yager, Sr.,  who  had  40
men serving under him; and
  WHEREAS,  In  that  same  year,  a location was selected for the first
Lakeside Volunteer Fire House located on a parcel of land on State  Fair
Boulevard;  it  was  contracted that a one-story brick building would be
erected; the fire station is still at its original location; and
  WHEREAS, In November of 1949, equipment was purchased including a  GMC
Chassis  pumper-tanker,  fully  equipped  with  a 1,000 feet hose with a
booster line and water carrying capacity of 300 gallons; and
  WHEREAS, In August of 1950, the fire house was completed and  the  new
fire truck was delivered; and
  WHEREAS,  The  first  fire  the  Lakeside  Volunteer  Fire  Department
responded to was a grass fire  on  Stasko  Drive,  where  rubbish  being
burned was windswept into a dry field between two homes; and
  WHEREAS,  In 2013, the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department responded to
approximately 800 fire, rescue and EMS calls; and
  WHEREAS, The Lakeside Volunteer Fire Department  has  hosted  numerous
community  activities including: annual family picnics, children's holi-
day parties, and Halloween candy inspections; it sponsors local communi-

ty and service organizations such as: the Lakeside Ranger Drum and Bugle
Corps, boy and cub scout troops, little league baseball  teams,  and  an
explorer post; and
  WHEREAS,  Each  day,  the brave members of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire
Department prepare to risk their lives, in order to protect the life and
property of those  living  within  the  community;  currently  the  fire
department has 48 members on its roster; and
  WHEREAS,  The State of New York cannot express sufficient gratitude to
all those trained and devoted individuals who serve  and  protect  their
communities through fire departments across the State, and enough cannot
be  said  about  the important role a volunteer fire department plays in
the community; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 65th Anniversary of the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chief Michael Kolakowski, and  the  Lakeside  Volunteer  Fire
Department.

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