Area firefighters to be honored

Firefighters from Livingston and Wyoming counties will be honored Saturday during the Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association convention in Dansville.

The one-day convention begins at 11 a.m. with a memorial service at Foursquare Church, 49 West Ave., Dansville. The service will honor volunteer firefighters from the Association’s 11 counties who died in the past year.

An awards presentation is scheduled for noon at Foursquare Church. Five firefighters will be honored or meritorious service. They are:

nJunior firefighter: Jon Tuttle, North Java.

nOne to five years of service: Kevin Stone, Caledonia.

nSix to 20 years of service: Meghan George-Baker, North Java.

n36 to 50 years of service: Michael Churchill, Caledonia.

n50 or more years of service: Primo Biscaro, Warsaw.

Nomination letters for the nominees are included in the convention’s program book. Speeches accompanying the awards presentations will further recognize the honorees.

The convention concludes with a business meeting that will begin at 2 p.m. at the Union Fire Company Hall, 66 Elizabeth St., Dansville.

The Western New York Volunteer Firemen’s Association represents fire departments in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming counties.

The Association dates to 1899 when a few volunteer firemen representing larger cities and villages in Western New York got together in Lockport and had an informal meeting with the idea of forming an organization for the purpose of promoting closer friendship among the various fire companies and providing assistance in improving their respective operations in the volunteer fire service.

The pandemic caused the cancellation in 2020 of the 121st annual convention, though the Association was able to have its annual meeting and election of officers.

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