Resolution J4401-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company



  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  100th  Anniversary  of  the
Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to commemorate the  100th  Anni-
versary  of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company and to honor its past
and present firefighting members for 100 years of fire protection to the
citizens of Hortonville, New York 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 100 years,  the
courageous  and  devoted  firefighters of the Hortonville Volunteer Fire
Company have valiantly responded to all types of  fire  emergencies  and
have won the praise and respect of the community which they serve; and
  WHEREAS,  In February of 1914, a group of Hortonville residents met at
the Hortonville Hotel, formerly known as the  Wesley  Dorrer  Hotel,  to
organize the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company; and
  WHEREAS,  A  leader  in  the community, William Gardner was elected as
chairman of the meeting, and the group unanimously elected  John  Boemer
as Chief, Philip Hornung as Foreman, George W. Buddenhagen as Treasurer,
August  Shambacker  as  Secretary, Lewis Buddenhagen as Assistant Chief,
and Adam Newman as Assistant Foreman; and
  WHEREAS, The first volunteer firemen included: John  Bochmer,  William
Gardner, Frank Fink, William Eller, John Lowe, John Werlau, Arthur Wood-
man,  George  Robisch,  Wesley  Dorrer, William Hartz, Ed Robisch, Frank
Roemer, William J. Rosenberger,  August  Fromm,  Ed  Faubel,  and  Dewey
Hogencamp; and
  WHEREAS,  In  June  of  1914,  the  Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company
received its first call for help from Hotel Iroquois; and
  WHEREAS, In 1931, action was taken to  start  the  construction  of  a
firehouse  for the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company on land donated by
The Western Sullivan Lot and Land Company, and by August  of  1932,  the
two-story  firehouse  was  built;  prior  to building the firehouse, the
equipment was stored in the Hortonville Hotel's barn; and
  WHEREAS, Thirty-three years later, a larger firehouse was  built  next
door,  and in 2008, the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company firehouse was
replaced to accommodate more equipment and members; and
  WHEREAS, With a membership of dedicated firefighters,  the  record  of
the  Hortonville  Volunteer  Fire  Company  in  public  service and fire
protection is one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year,
for 100 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 Hortonville Volunteer Fire
Company 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, In addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated  by
individual firefighters, the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company reflects
the history and development of firefighting over the past 100 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 100th Anniversary of the  Hortonville  Volunteer
Fire Company; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Company.


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