Elsmere Fire Company Sponsors Explorer Post
Attention 14 to 18 Year Olds....
The Elsmere Fire Company A, Inc. is recruiting young people to train in firefighting skills and techniques. This will be accomplished through drills, meetings, competitions, and parades.
This is a great way to give back to your community. We meet at the Elsmere Fire Station at 15 West Poplar Drive in Elsmere on the first Sunday of every month from 6 to 8pm.
For more information about Explorer Post #30, call (518) 439-9144.
Kevin M Shea Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by the Sons of the American Legion Post 1040 and the Elsmere Fire Company in memory of Kevin M. Shea. This scholarship is intended for a senior at Bethlehem Central High School who has participated in student athletics and is actively involved in community service.
The Kevin M. Shea Scholarship was established in 2004 by the Sons of the American Legion Post 1040 in the wake of Kevin’s death on January 24th of that year. Kevin was a Charter Member of the SAL 1040 and active in the events planned, hosted and coordinated by them. Kevin died in the line of duty with the Elsmere Fire Company and was Chief of the Company at the time of his death. Many of the Charter Members of the SAL 1040 were also Active or Social members of the Elsmere Fire Company, and envisioned and coordinated the original fundraising event to seed the scholarship as a way of memorializing this friend and leader in the community.
From 2004 to 2009, the SAL 1040 hosted an annual fundraising event in July of each year to assure the scholarship, and while not a formal partner, the Elsmere Fire Company was a strong supporter of these events. In 2009, members of both organizations joined to investigate a means to ensure the perpetuity of the Shea Scholarship, and to highlight this joint effort, the 2010 scholarship was awarded at a Memorial Day service attended by members of both organizations. In 2011, the Elsmere Fire Company and the Sons of the American Legion Post 1040 formally partnered to fund the Kevin M. Shea Scholarship through The Community Foundation of the Greater Capitol Region.
Kevin was a graduate of Bethlehem Central High School, in the class of 68, and was a student athlete. Kevin was additionally involved in many town-wide events, very active as a community leader, and worked for the Town of Bethlehem as its Director of Code Enforcement. The eligibility requirements have been established to reflect those qualities of Kevin’s life.
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Tour the Mass. Fire Academy and Boston Fire Department with Elsmere Firefighters
The Elsmere Fire Company toured the Massachusetts Fire Academy in Stow, MA and fire stations in Boston MA on October 5th. They invite you to see what they saw by Clicking Here.
Good Samaritans Cited for Bravery in Daring Car Fire Rescue
UPDATE: Bethlehem Police have released new details in a rollover crash in Delmar Saturday.
Police said Timothy Berry, 48, of Albany was traveling south on the Delmar Bypass with his child in the vehicle, when he suffered a medical condition and lost control of the vehicle. It left the roadway, overturned, and caught fire.
Occupants of another vehicle traveling behind Berry's saw the crash and stopped to assist, as they saw the vehicle catch fire, police said.
Ludwik Branach and Wieslaw Szczutowski, both of Brooklyn, rushed to Berry's vehicle and were able to break the windows and assist the two occupants to safety, just as the fire was entering the interior of the vehicle.
branach suffered a minir injury from rbaking glass and was treated at the scene. Berry was transported to Albany Medical Center for evaluation.
The Bethlehem Police Department credits Branach and Szczutowski for taking immediate action and preventing the occupants from suffering serious injuries.
DELMAR -- Two passers-by pulled the victims of a crash from their vehicle Saturday -- just as the car caught fire.
Elsmere Assistant Fire Chief John Zboray said the call came in at about 2:30 p.m. for a car that had struck a tree and rolled on Route 32. Zboray said when the call came in, it was reported that there was a patient in the car. By the time the department arrived on scene, the occupants of the vehicle had been extracted by civilians who had seen the overturned car, and the car was fully involved in flames.
The fire department extinguished the vehicle, and no serious injuries were reported.
Elsmere Fire Company Elects Officers for 2017
The Elsmere Fire Company held Annual Election of Officers on December 8, 2016 and the following members were elected to office for 2017.....
The Company Nominated, and the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed, the following District Officers for 2017:
Chief: Francis J. Wickham
1st Assistant Chief: Robert C. Baldwin
2nd Assistant Chief: Marc F. Futia
Also, the Company Elected the following Company Line Officers for 2017:
Captain: Jeffrey M. Obernesser
1st Lieutenant: Vincent Thompson
2nd Lieutenant: Michael A. Moon
3rd Lieutenant: Donald J. Ballard
4th Lieutenant: William J. Yates
Fire Police Lieutenant: Stephen R. Wright
Finally, the Company Elected the following Civil Officers for 2017:
President: John C. Murphy
Vice-President: Timothy C. Hannigan
Treasurer: Robert C. Johnson
Secretary: Alexander J. Pope
Quartermaster: Matthew H. Grant
Director (3 Year Term Expiring 12/31/19): Alan Antenucci
Chaplain: Rev. James Daley
Lay Chaplains: Joseph M. Catalano, Matthew H. Grant, Natasha E. Levchenko, and Kenneth E. Zigrosser
Fire Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Wright Selected Fire Company’s 2017 Firefighter of the Year
The 2017 Recipient, Fire Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Wright, received this award at the NA Blanchard Legion Post #1040 on March 6, 2017.
Steve joined the Department in July 1975. He has been very involved over the course of his 42 year career. On May 11, 2002 Steve received recognition for his involvement in the 9/11 World Trade Center response. He chaired the Company's Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention in 1992, and the joint Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firemen's Association / Albany County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention in 2004. While remaining an active member, he received Life Membership in the Elsmere Fire Company in August of 2000. In 1995, Steve was awarded the Kenneth E. McNary Achievement Award in 1995.
Steve is a member of a number of volunteer firefighter organizations. He served as Property Clerk from April 1979 through April 1983, Vice-President from April 1983 through April 1984 and again from January 1998 through January 1999. He was again elected Vice-President from January 2016 to January 2017. Steve served as President of the Elsmere Fire Company from April 1984 through April 1990, and from January 2000 through January 2002. He also served as a Director from April 1995 through April 1998.
Most recently, Steve has served and continues to serve as Lieutenant of the Fire Police Unit. He has held this rank continuously since January 2009.
This level of involvement easily explains why Steve was selected as Firefighter of the Year, and is well deserving of this recognition.
Local Teacher with Ties to the Elsmere Fire Department Wins Statewide Award
Mrs. Elisa Futia, Wife of Elsmere Fire Department Assistant Chief Marc Futia, was presented the FASNY Teacher of the Year Award on May 15th.
Elsmere Fire Company Helps Bethlehem Food Pantry
"At our Installation event back in January, Commissioner Joe Catalano shared a quote from someone that went something like "...not every day presents us with an opportunity to save a life but each day gives us an opportunity to touch someone's life...". That sentiment was never more evident than last Friday as members of Elsmere Fire Company took some time from their busy schedules to assist the Bethlehem Food Pantry in moving several tons of food generously donated over the previous month by Town residents through the postal carrier food collection effort."
"The work crew had no pre-plan nor any idea of what to expect when they arrived. Needless to say, when confronted with the mountain of food it seemed a daunting task. Then, Elsmere Fire did it's thing. Lt Wright secured the street, Lt. Moon and other members sized up the situation and came up with a plan. Matt and Frank were dispatched to bring the box trailer that was setup and ready to go the day before (thanks Don and whoever else made that happen). What seemed so daunting upon arrival was dispatched with in less than one and a half hours. Teamwork, determination, muscle and sweat, just another day at the office for Elsmere Fire Company A. This was all done without diminishing our ability to support our core mission of fire protection as Lt. Moon made sure we had Engine 31 staffed and ready to go should the need have arisen.
The food we moved will help support the Food Pantry's mission for several months. No we didn't put out any fires, save any lives, or educate someone about fire safety but in some small way we touched someone's life today and every day that the collected food makes its way to those in need.
Proud to be a member of an organization that steps up to the plate and delivers."
President John C. Murphy
Photos Courtesy of Scott E. Anson