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The Telegram
  • Ilion VFD celebrates 150 years

  • The Ilion Fire Department conducted its annual inspection and memorial service Monday evening. The special occasion also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department.

    The volunteer fire department has been a part of the Ilion community since it was established a few years after the incorporation of the village in 1852.

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  • The Ilion Fire Department conducted its annual inspection and memorial service Monday evening. The special occasion also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department.
    The volunteer fire department has been a part of the Ilion community since it was established a few years after the incorporation of the village in 1852.
    The memorial and recognition service began with the posting of colors by the Ilion Fire Department Color Guard followed by a department inspection completed by fire Chief James Trevett and village Trustee Joanne Moore.
    During the ceremony Danni Miller, representing Assemblywomen Claudia Tenney, presented a proclamation to Trevett honoring department’s 150 years of service.
    “It’s amazing to think that for 150 years the Ilion Fire Department has been on call for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” she said.
    Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Trustee Fred Grifiths presented the department with three proclamations from the state Office of Fire Prevention Control, FASNY and the Herkimer County Fireman’s Association.
    “It’s beyond belief what these firefighters do and no matter how many years of service they have achieved they deserved to be recognized. It’s an honor to present the Ilion Fire Department with these awards of recognition,” Grifiths said.
    The department’s George Trevett Service Memorial Award was awarded to firefighter Nick Korba, a volunteer for 39 years.
    “It’s a good surprise to receive the award and I am overwhelmed. This department is made up of a bunch of great guys and we all work together,” he said. “I feel honored to be recognized and an award is much more special when it comes from your peers.”
    Other awards given out during the ceremony included the EMS award recognizing firefighters Stan Dorozynski, Albert Moxham and Mike Conover and the rescue award recognizing Deputy Chief Robert Paddock, Lieutenant Larry DelGrego and firefighters Andy Vandawalker and Andy Monahan.

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