Orange Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates Members' Service at Annual Dinner
By: Orange (CT) Volunteer Fire Department
Joining Orange firefighters at the dinner were fire and EMS officers from surrounding towns, Orange Police Chief Robert Gagne, Orange Selectwoman Judy W. Williams, State Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) and State Sen. James Maroney (D-14). Ferraro and Maroney brought special resolutions from the legislature celebrating years of service for six members. They were:
· George Geane, 25 years of service;
· Secretary Peter Daniel and David Gagel, 40 years
· Ken Mitchell Jr., 45 years
· Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood, 50 years
· Fred Palmer, 55 years
Other firefighters receiving recognition included:
· 5 years of service: Lt. Daniel Abrams, Lt. Eric Auscavitch, Executive Board member
Steven Bernadini, Klevis Kimca
· 10 years: Capt. Daniel Cole, Capt. Joe Duplinsky, Corresponding Secretary Lisa Kaplan
· 15 years: Chief Vaughan Dumas, Assistant Chief Dan Johnson, Drew Panapada, Lt.
· 25 years: Stephen Douglas
· 30 years: John Grasso Sr, Joseph Oleschuk, Roman Oleschuk
· Firefighter of the Year: Engineer Robert Panapada
· Most Responses: Tom Astram
· Special Award: Lt. Eric Auscavitch
Fire Chief Vaughn Dumas, who acted as master of ceremonies, also awarded honorary membership in the association to Joe Davis, Harold Manley and George Rogers. Honorary membership is conferred on people who have supported the fire department in a variety of ways. Rogers operates Rogers Towing.
Dumas acknowledged a donation from the Fire Department Auxiliary. The money, raised through a variety of fund-raisers, will be used to purchase rescue equipment for a new fire truck that will be delivered later this year.
Volunteer firefighters in Orange responded to 579 incidents during 2018, said Dumas. That is among the highest in the fire company's history during a year without a major event such as a hurricane. Dumas also noted that false alarms were down 13 percent.
"The calls we're getting are more and more challenging,"
Dumas pointed out that in addition to responding to alarms, many members had completed lengthy classes for certifications as firefighters, fire officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. He acknowledged and thanked all the town's active firefighters for their time and hard work.
About Orange Volunteer Fire Association
The Orange Volunteer Fire Association provides fire protection residents and businesses in Orange and, through mutual aid, surrounding towns. Members receive training in fire suppression, rescue, hazardous materials response, homeland security issues and other emergency services.
Operating strictly with revenues from fund-raisers and donations, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department is one of the remaining few all-volunteer incorporated fire departments in Connecticut. Active members are on-call to serve the community on a 24-hour/seven-
In addition, the fire company offers public education services including lectures, demonstrations and training. For information about membership, donations or public education, call (203) 891-1052, click on https://www.orangevfd.com/
CUTLINE: Six members of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department were honored by the Connecticut General Assembly Tuesday night for their service. Together, the men have given 250 years of service to the fire department. From left to right, Peter Daniel, 40 years; David Gagel, 40 years; Ken Mitchell Jr., 45 years; George Geane, 25 years; Fred Palmer, 55 years; and Deputy Chief Charles Sherwood, 50 years.
Doug Fenichel, APR, MICP