Middlesex Fire Department ~

Middlesex, New York



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 9th 2008  


(Middlesex, NY) -The Middlesex Hose Company held it's annual banquet on Saturday night. Fire Chief Rodney Bassett opened the event with a thank you to all the Assistant Chiefs and line officers for their hard work through the last year. Chief Bassett then turned the event over to Gary Oppelt, the Master of Ceremonies.

The crowd was led in the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence was had for two deceased members that passed in the last year. Gary also recognized two new members.

On behalf on the Hose Company, Gary thanked the Rushville Fire Department for the last 12 years of automatic mutual aid.  In these days of two income families and people working far from home, both departments have a shortage of daytime firefighters. The automatic mutual aid allows both departments to respond together at times when manpower is limited. The agreement was one of the first in Yates County.

Gary said, "The biggest reason for the success of the agreement is the fellowship that both fire departments have. We have such a strong relationship, that we respond and work as one department." The crowd greeted Rushville Fire Department with a standing ovation.

After a wonderful meal, Gary went on to recognize the Middlesex Baptist Church for all their help during the Roast Beef dinners, their help has proved invaluable. Further recognized were the other mutual aid departments that help the Middlesex Hose Company - Potter, Crystal Beach and Naples Fire Departments as well as Middlesex Ambulance.

Also recognized were representatives from the Yates County Sherriff's Office, Yates County Office of Emergency Management, Middlesex Town Board and the Middlesex Highway Department.

The Hose Company thanked the ladies auxiliary, the Middlesex Sirenettes, for there support through the year.

Gary announced the 2007 Officers of all the organizations that make up the Middlesex Fire Department. A special thanks was given to John Welsh, President of the Hose Company, he has moved to Pavilion, New York and is in the process of becoming a member there. John was a very active member and his service with Middlesex was appreciated and he will be missed.

Chief Bassett then announced the fireman of the year. This year's award was presented to David T. Harrington, for actions taken as the first arriving truck operator on the scene of the Rochester Folk Art Guild fire in August 2007 and his work in securing a $83,778 grant from the Department of Homeland Security - Assistance to Firefighter's Grant Program.

The message of the night was fellowship. The reason that Middlesex Fire Department is such a strong organization is that we do it all together, whether it is an emergency call, a roast beef dinner fund raiser or a social event; Everyone puts forth their best and contributes their talents for the success of the organization.

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