Commissioner John E. Brennan


Commissioner John E. Brennan received the Firefighter of the Year Award on March 5, 2018 at the N.A. Blanchard Post 1040. Commissioner Brennan's daughter, Lisa, accepted the award on his behalf. The letter of nomination from the Elsmere Fore Company A, Inc. reads as follows:

"When you think of the Elsmere Fire Department’s motto “The Pride of Bethlehem” you can’t help but to think of this individual, and I am proud to endorse this year’s recipient.As a member of the Elsmere Fire Department for over four decades, this individual has long exemplified a level of commitment that can serve as a model for others.He clearly recognizes the impact that Elsmere has had on his life, and has been aggressive in giving back to this department, and our community.He has been a motivating force for our department, and has balanced his family, career and community involvement, in an extraordinary manner.He personifies all that is right about the fire service.

This year’s awardee joined this department 44 years ago and began taking on leadership roles within his first year as a member, and has remained in in a leadership role for the past 43 years.He has served as Company Vice President, Company President, and then after only 10 years as a member, he was elected commissioner and has remained in that position for the past 34 years!And for the past 7 of them, has served as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners.His commitment to serving the residents of Bethlehem goes even beyond his role as a firefighter.He currently serves as the Director of the Bethlehem Emergency Management Office, a position he has held since January 5th, 1988.His commitment to protecting lives and property is exemplary.He has also held numerous other leadership positions including Deputy Director of the Albany County Office of Emergency Management, Deputy Fire Coordinator, Albany County Fire Coordinator, and Chairman of the Albany County Local Emergency Planning Committee.Additionally, he has won many prestigious awards throughout his distinguished carrier, including Elsmere Fire Department’s Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award.

This individual has been a strong voice and advocate for the fire services.His influential leadership has helped advance Elsmere’s mission and priorities in very specific ways for the past four decades.

As our community continues to grow, this individual recognized our need to ensure the same high level of fire protection to those emerging areas in our fire district.In 1982 he was one the commissioners who decided to purchase land on the southern portion of our district knowing that someday this area would be developed more fully and require additional fire protection.Since 1982, this individual has been a motivating force in fiscal responsibility ensuring this vision and the community’s fire protection needs would be met.Thanks to his persistence, efforts, and hard work, this vision will become a reality by the end of this year.

This individual continues to be a valued member of the Elsmere Fire Department.Outside of his annual pilgrimage to Florida, he rarely misses a day at his office, and simply put, he loves to come to the firehouse.He has a quick wit, and keeps the laughter flowing and the mood light.He is always courteous and respectful and is quick to lend a helping hand whenever one is needed.

The Elsmere Fire Department could not have achieved the level of excellence is stands for today without his unwavering dedication to his fellow residents and firefighters.It is with sincere conviction and pleasure that we enthusiastically select Jack Brennan as this year’s recipient of Firefighter of the Year."

Fire Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Wright


Fire Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Wright was honored at Elsmere Fire Department's Firefighter of the Year at ceremonies at the NA Blanchard Post #1040 on March 6, 2017.

Michael L. Taylor


Fire Police Officer Michael L. Taylor joined the Elsmere Fire Company on June 25, 1970... 

Chief James Reagan and Firefighter James A. Trotta


On Monday, March 2nd two Elsmere firefighters were awarded Forefighter of the Year at the N.A. Blanchard Post 1040. Chief James Reagan and Firefighter James Trotta were selected for this honor by the Elsmere Fire Company. Click the "Read More" link to see the letter of nomination....

Lieutenant Marc F. Futia


Lieutenant Marc F. Futia received Elsmere Fire Company's Firefighter of the Year award at a ceremony hosted by Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post No. 1040 on March 3, 2014.

Captain Robert C. Baldwin, Jr.


Captain Robert C. Baldwin, Jr. was honored as Elsmere Fire Company A's Firefighter of the Year at a ceremony on March 4th at the NA Blanchard Post 1040. Please click "Read More" to see comments by President John C. Murphy during the presentation of the award...

Captain John J. Zboray


Captain John Zboray joined the Elsmere Fire Company on February 22, 1973 and became an active member on March 6 of that year.

Wayne R. Johnson


Wayne R. Johnson joined the Elsmere Fire Company on March 24, 1961 and became an active firefighter on April 4th of that same year.

Michael J. Cirillo


Commander Lukaschat, Invited Guests, Fellow Firefighters, It gives me great pleasure to announce the Elsmere Fire Company’s selection of Firefighter of the Year. The past couple of years we have had occasion to provide to the Legion, the selection of a member who had performed a heroic action. But that is not always the case. Many times, this award is given to someone for their contribution over the long term, or to someone who has taken on a particular cause.

Michael C. Walsh


Only nine days later, on August 21st at about 12:30pm, Elsmere Firefighter Michael C. Walsh was leaving his neighborhood when he heard the call come out for "a man down, unknown" in his vicinity. The dispatcher said "the patient was believed to be not breathing."

Past Chief Edward J. Costigan


On August 12th, mid-morning, Elsmere Firefighter and Past Chief Edward (Ned) J. Costigan took quick action to assist victims of a motor vehicle accident and revive an elderly patient using CPR while on vacation at Saranac Lake.

Chief William H. Webb, Jr.


Chief Webb joined the Elsmere Fire Company as a firefighter on June 27, 1985. He was elected Fire Company Treasurer in October 1987. He served as a Fire Lieutenant from April 1989 through April 1995. In April 1995, he was elected to the position of Fire Captain. He served in this capacity until December 1997. Chief Webb was elected 2nd Assistant Chief in December 1997 and served in that capacity until December 2003, when he was promoted to the rank of 1st Assistant Chief. In February 2004, he was elected to fill the position of Chief, left vacant by the untimely line of duty death of Chief Kevin M. Shea. Chief Webb continues to serve as the Department's Chief. Chief Webb is a member of the Elsmere FAST Team and chairs the Fire Company's popular Fish Fry Dinner Committee, which many residents of the Town enjoy on four Friday evenings during February and March. He is also trained in Hazardous Materials Incident Command.

Ariel L. Goodrich


The Elsmere Fire Co. A, Inc. is proud to recognize Ariel Goodrich as Firefighter of the Year. A 13-Year veteran of the Fire Company, Ariel served for 10 years as the Fire Police Lieutenant. He is a quiet and unassuming person always at work behind the scenes of the Fire Company. He has helped to establish an administrative procedure to relieve some of the workload from the fire officers, so they can devote more time to their fire line responsibilities. He is always busy with fire reports so that the correct information is available to NYS and OFPC. He was instrumental in moving the fire reporting system and service awards records from paper to computer.

Peter Degnan


Honored for Serving Our Nation This year's Firefighter of the Year came to us through the Albany County Legislature sponsored Recruitment and Retention committee's 24-hour hotline. With an interest in joining and taking classes, he instantly signed up as a social member 3 weeks after his high school graduation. Within the next 30 days, he spent numerous hours at the firehouse captivating everything possible. In the following month, on August 26, 1999, he became an active Elsmere firefighter.

Chief William H. Webb, Jr.


With the unexpected death of Chief Kevin M. Shea just over a year ago, a leader and friend was lost. The future of the Elsmere Fire Company was unknown, and questioned by all. Who would now lead us and continue the pro-active direction established by Kevin and foster the respect needed to be the new Chief?

Chief Kevin M. Shea


In 1992 the Elsmere Fire Company A Inc proudly nominated Kevin Shea as our choice for Fireman of the Year at the annual American Legion awards ceremony. Kevin received this honor for the many tireless hours spent as an officer in both the civil office and fire line office. Kevin was also commended for his success with the Elsmere Drill Team, which came to be known as the Blues Brothers. He was our Captain of the Drill Team and our leader on the fireground. Kevin went on to earn the coveted Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award in 1996.

Simon G. VanRyn


At this years annual awards ceremony of Fireman of the Year presented by the American Legion Post, Simon Van Ryn was honored as Elsmere's nominee. Simon began his service with the Delmar Fire Department where he served for 24 years. During this time he was elected to the office of Lt and Captain. He is currently in his 24th year at Elsmere. He was a Director of the Fire Co and a longstanding member of the Elsmere Wanderer's Drill Team competing in Central New York State and Long Island Firematic competition.

Lieutenant Frank Wickham


Honored for his work at Ground Zero Having entered the department in April 1989, Frank is now in his 13th year of service. His history of dedicated service began in the civil officer line as a property clerk in 1992. Following this he continued through the ranks being elected vice president in 1995 and 1996, until becoming President in 1998. In the year ahead Frank's firematic desire drew him towards the company fire line office, and as he completed his term as President, immediately ran for and was elected 4th Fire Lieutenant in December of 1999. Since then he has continued to advance in rank and currently holds the position of 2nd Lieutenant.

Chief Edward J. Costigan


In the the spring of 2000 the hamlet of Elsmere was thrust into the national spotlight when the banks of the Normanskill began to slide. The landslide claimed one commercial building and threatened several others along with residential properties and the main thoroughfare between Albany and Bethlehem. With the threat of approaching storms and further movement of the landslide, the Elsmere Fire Company along with Town, County, State, and City of Albany officials were called in, and a Command Center established.

Immediately, 30-year member and Chief of the Elsmere Fire Company, Ned Costigan began evaluating the life safety and rescue issues of the disaster area.

Past Chief Kenneth E. McNary


The Elsmere Fire Department is very proud this year to present a monumental candidate for the 2000 American Legion Firefighter of the year award. Beginning his fire service career on January 30, 1930, he immediately directed his goals towards advancing in a leadership position.

John R. Devine


Fire Police Officer John R. Devine was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1999

James Reagan


James Reagan was named Firefighter of rghe Year in 1998.

Richard I. Brown


Richard I. Brown was named Firefighter of the Year in 1997.

Ralf K. Wiegand


Ralf K. Wiegand was named Firefighter of the Year in 1996.

Paul D. Millhausen


Paul D. Millhausen was named Firefighter of the Year in 1995.

John T. Pregent, Jr.


John T. Pregent, Jr. was named Firefighter of the Year in 1994.

Henry Sterling


Henry Sterling was named Firefighter of the Year in 1993.

Kevin M. Shea


Kevin M. Shea was named Firefighter of the Year in 1992.

Oliver “Ollie” Palmer


Oliver "Ollie" Palmer was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1991.

Robert N. Irish


Robert N. Irish was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1989.

Peter G. Merrill


Peter G. Merrill was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1989.

Paul D. Millhausen


Paul D. Millhausen was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1989.

Irving “Pop” Leonard


Irving "Pop" Leonard was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1988.

Peter G. Merrill


Peter G. Merrill was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1987.

Past Chief Anthony J. Morrell


Past Chief Anthony J. Morrell was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1986.

Past Chief George M. Kaufman


Past Chief George M. Kaufman was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1985.

Henry J. Turner


Henry J. Turner was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1984.

Past Chief Kenneth E. McNary


Past Chief Kenneth E. McNary was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1981.

Past Chief Frederick C. Webster


Past Chief Frederick C. Webster was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1974.