Dundee honors years of service
DUNDEE—The Dundee Fire Department honored 88 firefighters and emergency responders for volunteering years of service, Saturday, April 30, at the five year banquet.
Members were honored for serving under five years and all the way up to 65 years. The longest time came from Gordon Fleet. Next were Charles Curren, Roger Miller, Richard Pierce, and William Petersen serving 60 years. Raymond Miller Jr. has been a part of the department for 55 years.
At the 50 year mark were Newell Clancey, Gary Palmer, William Prior, and Walter Schuyler. Leslie Howell, Mathew Perry Jr., Dale Ward, Leo Disbrow, Stewart Howell, and Ronald Percy each clocked 45 years.
Kenneth Howell and Steve Hill are at 40 years. Mark Bellis, Glen Miller, and Roger C. Miller have 35 years. At 30 years were, Gary Crans, Greg Dibble, John Lockwood, Richard McCann, Douglas Miller, Ted Miller, Dan Petersen, and James Petersen. Tracey Miller and Craig Prior served 25 years.
John Fuller, Joy Fuller, Russ Fuller Sr., Andy Howell, Lori Miller, and Skip Pierce were honored for 20 years of service. At 15 years were, Allen Earl, Mary Fuller, Mike Lead, and Ron Scott. Don Austin, David Bambey, Obed Martin, Patti Miller, Ken Riehl, Mike Shriver, Diane Warriner, and Steve Warriner served 10 years. The five year group included Jeremy Belanger, Travis Bentley, Shaun Gage, Lorin Hostetler, Mark Hostetler, Greg Miller, Lamar Sensenig, Lawrence Weaver, and Ray Willis.
The largest group was those who served under five years: Ed Allen, Matt Burkholder, Brad Conover, Joe Crane, Barb Crosby, George Farrell, Zach Farrell, Terry Henry, Matthew Hooey, Lavern Hoover, Sylvan Horning, Sheree LaMountain, Abram Martin, Ernest Martin, Javan Martin, Jonathan Martin, Nathan Martin, Alec Miller, Brande Miller, Chris Miller, Joy Perry, Glen Sensenig, Joe Spicer, Katherine Sworts, Alex Sullivan, Zach Sullivan, Gary Townley, Loren Weaver, Nicole Westfall, and Jason Williams.
Doug Miller served as the master of ceremonies. Near the start of the ceremony, he named the fire department members who had passed away since the last five year banquet: Roy Anderson, John Brown, Bruce Hayes, George Osborne, Edwin Palmer, John Razy, Milo Roberts, Patrick Sullivan, and Arthur Thomas.
Ladies Auxiliary President Charlene Stanton also presented the auxiliary members for their service. She said it’s a small group, but the ladies support the fire department in whatever they need. The auxiliary members are Carmella Allen, Aubrey Bodary, Cilinia Booth, Debbie Gleason, Darla Hill, Jane Miller, Kayleigh Miller, Bonnie Percy, Veronica Perry, Connie Prior, Charlene Stanton, and Becky Townley.
Stanton then presented two $1,000 checks from the auxiliary to both the fire department and emergency squad.
Assembly member Phil Palmesano was also present as a special guest. He said that the fire department is the “backbone of the community” and this recognition is deserved.