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Morristown Fire Department gives Chief’s Award to village board


MORRISTOWN – The Morristown Volunteer Fire Department recognized the village Board of Trustees with its Chief’s Award during Saturday’s annual banquet.

Chosen by Chief Kevin J. Crosby and Assistant Chiefs Dean Hoffman and Jay Moore, the village board won this year’s award for their work to ensure the success of the department.

Mayor Cheryl A. Shatraw and Trustees John Barse and Fran Colby each were given plaques to recognize their support.

In particular, Mr. Crosby said, the new pavilion behind the Fire Hall was put up largely through the efforts of the village.

“The pavilion wouldn’t be there if the village hadn’t done it,” Mr. Crosby said.

The $36,000 pavilion was built last summer and is situated perfectly for use a picnic area and community gathering location.

“It was used during late summer last year for people having picnics,” Mrs. Shatraw said.

Next summer the pavilion will be used in the community’s Fourth of July celebration.

During the winter months the pavilion has been used as an ice skating rink.

“Kids have been skating almost every night,” Mrs. Shatraw said.

The village is also hoping to get a grant to purchase ice skates for children who don’t have their own.

Mrs. Shatraw said, “It’s good for a small community and it gets everybody together and involved.”

The Fire Department also recognized members for reaching years of service milestones.

Rick Paro was recognized for serving 10 years. Jesse Silmser was recognized for serving 15 years. Bryan VanArnam was recognized for serving 20 years. John Barse was recognized for serving 30 years. James Bogardus was recognized for serving 40 years.

Several members of the department’s Ladies Auxiliary were also given years of service awards.

Jeannie McLear was recognized for serving five years. Heather Paro was recognized for serving 10 years. Linda Gibson was recognized for serving 15 years. Mary Crosby was recognized for serving 50 years.

The Auxiliary also presented a check for $2,000 to the Morristown Fire Department to help with equipment purchases.

In 2012 the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department received 115 fire calls and 278 ambulance calls. The department logged 9,821 service hours throughout the year, not including training and fundraisers.

The department currently has 40 members, 10 emergency medical technicians, eight divers and 19 interior firefighters.

The department’s fleet is composed of two ambulances, two pumper trucks, two tankers, one heavy rescue truck, one suburban and two rescue boats.

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