Friday, September 09, 2011
On Friday evening, September 9, 2011, the Rockland County Volunteer Firemen's Association held their 99th Annual Convention. At the convention two of our volunteers were honored. Joe Craft, Life Member, received a plaque and several certificates marking his 50 years of membership in the RCVFA. These awards were presented to Joe by President Frank Voce and County Legislator Connie Cocker. Good job Joe and thank you for the many years of service to your community and to your neighbors!
A second recognition was for Brendan Fridhandler. Brendan along with fellow dispatcher Troy Spong were instrumental in saving the lives of several people in a New City house fire earlier this year. Brendan had taken the initial 911 call at 44 Control from a young lady who was trapped with her entire family. Realizing time was going to be a huge factor Brendan had fellow dispatcher Troy Spong start communicating with the young lady while Brendan started communicating with the responding fire department. Working as a team the dispatchers were able to communicate timely and efficient facts to the trapped family and the responding firefighters. In the end all trapped people were rescued by the New City firefighters. Brendan and Troy had previously been recognized for their efforts by the New City Fire Department and the Rockland County Fire Chiefs Association. Good job guys!!!