“Until We Meet Again – May They Rest In Peace”
- Queensbury Central Volunteer Fire Company & Ladies Auxiliary -
|Albert M. Ransom 03/20/51||Ralph G. Blanchard10/24/51|
|George W. Stewart09/25/52||Norman J. Walbridge, Jr. 10/09/52|
|J. Seward Ball 01/11/58||Warren Northup
|Karl F. Anderson 06/25/60||Winfield Nichols Sr. 01/25/63|
|Andrew R. Butz
|Kenneth G. Gage 03/14/67|
|Robert F. Stott 07/21/67||J. Ernest Miller07/04/68|
|Bernard J. Codner 10/07/68||R. Arthur Stewart09/17/70|
|Owen Kane07/27/82||Jesse E. Smith10/28/84|
|John Schoelermann12/01/84||J. Floyd Sleight 12/06/88|
|Paul Sperry02/19/92||James W. Scott Sr.10/16/95|
|George Reese12/04/95||Karl Chadwick 12/29/95|
|Charles S. Howe10/31/98||Bertram J. Martin10/19/99|
|Elwood “Pete” Greene06/10/02|
of the Ladies Auxiliary
|Johanna Schoelermann 1971||Charlotte Codnar 1976|
|Margaret Leuenberger1977||Pearl Ball 1978|
|Mary Sleight 1978||Lydia Sperry 1978|
|Hazel Smith 1981||Doris Chadwick 1983|
|Ethelyn Gage 1986||Audry Anderson 1988|
|Irene Howe 1989||Jane Baker 1993|
|Rose Stott 1995||Bell Liapes 1997|
|Laura Goldman 1986||Geraldine Daley 1998|
|Shiela Stewart 2000|
When duty calls me, oh Lord, my partner,
When flames do their destructive work,
Give me strength to save lives
And, above all, keep my courage bright.
With you will I reach, before it’s too late,
The injured child, the helpless old person,
With your generosity, may I be able
To spare them the horror of such an end.
Since I must always be alert,
I pray thee, oh Lord, guide my every move,
And in the infernal tumult of the fire
Let me hear the feeblest cry.
I will glory in the fulfillment of my destiny,
For is not life-saving the most noble calling?
When the storm is over and all have returned home,
Then will I be proud to have helped my neighbor.
If it should happen, by thy will,
That I must give my life,
I pray thee, protect my family
And bless this firefighter who is yours.
We Honor Our Own…
On Monday May 27th, 2002 the Queensbury Central Fire Company held its third annual Firefighter’s Memorial Service at their Station # 1 on Lafayette Street. Fire Company Chaplain C. Powel South was once again our host. Accompanied by the Galloway Gaelic Pipes & Drums of Glens Falls, the firefighters, Auxiliary Members and honored guests gathered on the front lawn to recite the Fireman’s Prayer and hear Amazing Grace performed by the band. Auxiliary President Christy Congel and Auxiliary Treasurer Linda Suckman placed a memorial wreath next to the monument. Another wreath was place by Chief Joe DuPrey and Corporation President John Kassebaum. This also marked the third and final phase of a 3-year project to honor our members.
Phase one, completed in May 2000 included a 48” wide by 36” high black granite stone was purchased through Michael and Patty Miller from Adirondack Memorials in Lake Luzerne. It was designed by the members of the Fire Company and bears a very detailed, hand-etched, full color picture of Tower 1 – the organizations 95’ Baker Aerialscope with an angel looking down upon two firefighters operating the platform. The stone itself came from Houle Brothers Granite in Barre, VT. Jean Lennox, an employee of Houle Brothers, did an outstanding job with the artwork. The monument is permanently set on the front lawn at Station # 1 and is illuminated at night.
Phase two, completed in May 2001, recognizes our Life Members and our Deceased Members. The wall mounted plaques measuring approximately 54” wide and 40” high bears the following inscription:
“In Loving Memory of Those Who
Have Answered The Final Call”
The smaller wooden plaques display the names of each deceased member of the Fire Company and the Ladies Auxiliary. The second plaque is inscribed as follows:
“We Honor Those Who
Have Attained Life Membership”
The third phase recognizes the Charter Members of the organization. These people are the forefathers who built the foundation on which Queensbury Central proudly stands today. The smaller wooden plaque displays the names of each Charter Member of the organization. A large Maltese cross, the symbol of the firefighter sits between two ceramic firefighter statues. On each side of the plaque, enclosed in glass are two gold ceremonial Chief’s trumpets. Before portable radios, it was customary for the Chief to give orders to the firefighters on the fireground through the trumpet. Today, it is used in parades to carry flowers in honor of departed members and has become a traditional symbol of leadership.
On May 29th, 2000 the Queensbury Central Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary held a Memorial Ceremony at their Station # 1 on Lafayette Street. The service was held to honor all the members that have passed away while active members of the Fire Company.
At 12:00 noon, the Galloway Gaelic Pipes & Drums of Glens Falls escorted the Firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary members down Lafayette Street. Memorial Committee Chairman Larry Jeffords welcomed everyone and Chaplain C. Powel “Chet” South gave the Invocation.
Chief Richard Jones introduced the line officers along with special guests Warren County Fire Coordinator/Past Chief Marv Lemery, Warren County EMS Coordinator/Past Chief Jim Canavan and Warren County Deputy Fire Coordinator/Past Chief Brian LaFlure. Representatives from the four other Queensbury Fire Companies were introduced as well as the Captain of West Glens Falls Emergency Squad.
President Robert Wescott Sr. introduced the Administrative officers while Auxiliary Vice President Linda Suckman introduced the Auxiliary officers.Chaplain South then returned to the podium to introduce the members of the Queensbury Town Board, which included Supervisor Dennis Brower, Ward 2 Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Ted Turner, Ward 3 Councilman Dan Stec and Ward 4 Councilman Tim Brewer.
The first guest speaker was Queensbury Town Supervisor Dennis Brower. Supervisor Brower offered words of praise for all volunteers.After that was Fire Company Past President, Past Assistant Chief, Life Member and Warren County Undersheriff Jim Piper who reminisced about his career with Queensbury Central and the many friends he has made over the years.
The keynote speaker was New York State Fire Administrator James A. Burns. Jim is a Life Member and Past Chief with a distinguished career in the Verplanck Fire Department in Westchester County, he is a Past President of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Fireman’s Home in Hudson serving on numerous committees including President of the Board of Trustees – A position he held until his appointment in 1999 by Governor George Pataki to the position of State Fire Administrator. Jim considers himself “A back step volunteer firefighter that made it to the top”. It was an extreme pleasure to have all of them with us and we sincerely appreciate them taking time out of their busy schedules to join us.
The highlight of the day came with the unveiling of the monument. The 48” wide by 36” high black granite stone was purchased through Michael and Patty Miller from Adirondack Memorials in Lake Luzerne. It was designed by the members of the Fire Company and bears a very detailed, hand-etched, full color picture of Tower 1 – the organizations 95’ Baker Aerialscope with an angel looking down upon two firefighters operating the platform. The stone itself came from Houle Brothers Granite in Barre, VT. Jean Lennox, an employee of Houle Brothers, did an outstanding job with the artwork.With the assistance of Glenn Shiel of Lake Luzerne, Denny Farone of Wilton (and Betsy the St. Bernard) the monument was placed prominently on the front lawn of Station # 1.
As silence fell on the crowd, the memorial service was conducted. Chaplain South read the names of the 26 deceased members whose names will appear on a plaque in the station meeting room. They were:
Albert M. Ransom – March 20, 1951
Ralph G. Blanchard – October 24, 1951
George W. Stewart – September 25, 1952
Norman J. Walbridge Jr. – October 9, 1952
J. Seward Ball – January 11, 1958
Warren Northup – November 3, 1958
Karl F. Anderson – June 25, 1960
Winfield Nichols Sr. – January 25, 1963
Andrew R. Butz – February 8, 1965
Kenneth G. Gage – March 14, 1967
Robert F. Stott – July 21, 1967
J. Ernest Miller – July 4, 1968
Bernard J. Codner – October 7, 1968
R. Arthur Stewart – September 17, 1970
Frederick Leunberger – February 20, 1979
George Liapes – August 8, 1981
Owen Kane – July 27, 1982
Jesse E. Smith – October 28, 1984
John Schoelermann – December 1, 1984
J. Floyd Sleight – December 6, 1988
Paul Sperry – February 19, 1992
George Reese – September 4, 1995
James W. Scott Sr. – October 16, 1995
Karl Chadwick – December 29, 1995
Charles Howe – October 31, 1998
Bertram J. Martin – October 19, 1999
As each name was read, a bell mounted atop the monument was struck and a rose was placed at the base of the stone. The ceremony ended with the Galloway Gaelic Pipes & Drums playing a medley of “Amazing Grace” and “Scotland The Brave”.Chaplain South offered a closing prayer and refreshments were provided by Rick Whitmore’s Catering Service.
The ceremony was the culmination of many hours of planning, research and organization by the committee. As a result of this intense preparation, the day went extremely well and a fitting tribute was made to those “pioneers” that are no longer with us.
“Until We Meet Again – May You Rest In Peace”
- Queensbury Central Volunteer Fire Company & Ladies Auxiliary -