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.
Simon was just added to the ranks of Life Membership of Elsmere. He was acknowledged as Past President of Albany County Fireman's Association. A member of Hudson Mohawk, Nighthawks, and Hudson Valley. Simon born in South Holland, came to the United States in 1948. Simon and wife Trudy of 51 years have 5 children. Congratulations to Simon Van Ryn, Fireman of the Year!