Resolution J6057-2013

Commending Firefighter John F. Waldron on his designation for special recognition after 65 years of dedicated service to the Port Henry Fire Department

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  • Jun 20, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 16, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending Firefighter John F. Waldron upon the
occasion of his designation for special recognition after  65  years  of
dedicated service to the Port Henry Fire Department

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 commend Firefighter John F.
Waldron  upon  the  occasion  of his designation for special recognition
after 65 years of dedicated service to the Port Henry Fire Department to
be celebrated at its Annual Firemen's  Banquet  on  Saturday,  June  21,
2014, at King's Inn, Port Henry, New York; and
  WHEREAS, John F. Waldron, affectionately known as Jack, joined and was
accepted  into  the  L.F.  Sprague Hose Company in September of 1948; he
served in the capacity of Junior Fireman until his graduation from  Port
Henry High School in 1951; and
  WHEREAS, In May of 1951, John F. Waldron became an active and official
member of the L.F. Sprague Hose Company; and
  WHEREAS,  For  four  years,  August  1951 through August 1955, John F.
Waldron entered the Armed Services and served his country as a member of
the United States Navy; and
  WHEREAS, Upon his return, John F. Waldron continued on with his spirit
and service to his community, and in April of 1965, both the L.F.  Spra-
gue  and G.R. Sherman Hose Companies decided to combine forces to become
known as the Port Henry Fire Department; and
  WHEREAS, Over the course of 65 years of remarkable service to the Port
Henry Fire Department, John F. Waldron has served as 1st Assistant Chief
for 19 years; as a result of his efforts, dedication, and knowledge,  he
was elected Fire Chief in 1991, and held that position until April 2004;
and
  WHEREAS,  Today, John F. Waldron remains active in the Port Henry Fire
Department, fulfilling the role of department Safety Officer; and
  WHEREAS, Aside from his  illustrious  career  in  the  volunteer  fire
service,  during  the  mid-fifties  to late sixties, John F. Waldron was
gainfully employed by Currier Motors, Port Henry  Oil  Corporation,  and
the International Paper Company; and
  WHEREAS, On January 29, 1969, John F. Waldron was fortunate to combine
his  love  of  the  fire  service  by  converting it into a professional
career; on this date, he joined the Department of  Defense,  Plattsburgh
Air Force Base as a Firefighter; and
  WHEREAS,  One  year  later,  John  F.  Waldron was quickly promoted to
Station Chief, and in 1972, he was again promoted to Assistant Chief  of
Operations,  Crash  and Structural, serving in this role for a period of
five years; in 1977, he  was  appointed  Assistant  Chief  of  Technical
Services, Fire Prevention and Investigation; and
  WHEREAS,  During this tenure, John F. Waldron also acted as Fire Chief
during any absences of the Base Chief; in March of 1989, he retired from
the Plattsburgh Air Force Base with over 20 proud years of service; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to pursuing his  fire  service  career,  John  F.
Waldron actively participated in many volunteer organizations, including
charter  member  of the Town of Moriah Ambulance Squad, active supporter
of the Moriah Central School Booster Club for Athletes,  member  of  the
Port  Henry  Council No. 384 Knights of Columbus, member of the Veterans

of Foreign Wars Mineville Post No. 5802,  and  member  of  the  American
Legion Post No.  14 of Vergennes, Vermont; and
  WHEREAS,  This  exceptional  man's  name  is  synonymous with his fire
service, and he will always be  respected  for  his  time,  effort,  and
service he has provided to the Port Henry community; and
  WHEREAS,  With  him  throughout have been his wife Peg, and their four
children, Tammy, Toni, John, and Jimmy, as well as 11 grandchildren, 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; John F.
Waldron is such a firefighter; throughout 65 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
commend Firefighter John F. Waldron upon the occasion of his designation
for special recognition after 65 years of dedicated service to the  Port
Henry Fire Department; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Firefighter John F. Waldron.

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