Stony Creek volunteers honored at fire banquet

STONY CREEK Almost 90 firefighters and guests packed the main hall at Thousand Acres Ranch Resort for the Stony Creek Volunteer Fire Co.s 13th annual banquet April 19. The balmy spring evening brought a perfect occasion for the old-timers and active fire fighters, fire police, and emergency squad members to celebrate and reminisce. Fire Co. President Christine Emrick conducted the awards presentations, including the annual highlight, the announcement of the service awards. Five-year certificates were presented to Hope Colson, John Thomas, and Nate Thomas. Emrick presented a ten-year certificate to Kay Bills, who is rising up the ladder of achievement. A special recognition certificate was presented to Ashley Black for completion of 45 years of service as an active fire company member. Appreciation was also extended to him for his work accounting each members eligibility for service awards and pension. Emergency Squad Captain Peter LaGrasse inaugurated an award to recognize the members who responded to the greatest number of emergency calls. He presented the first-place plaque to Stony Creek Fire Chief Stanley Ross for responding to 45 emergency calls. Maura McCann received second place by responding to 35 calls. John Thomas placed third with 22 responses. LaGrasse also presented copies of a book, Principles of Patient Assessment in EMS, to Stan Ross and Thurman emergency squad captain George McKinney for their extraordinary assistance and inspiration to the Stony Creek Emergency Squad. Emrick also presided over a drawing for door prizes contributed by merchants in Corinth, Queensbury, Glens Falls, Lake Luzerne, Stony Creek, Thurman, and Warrensburg. These donations made possible a significant prize for almost every person present. The array of gifts ranged from a dinner certificate for Roccos Pizzeria in Corinth to a quart of maple syrup from Wallaces Sugar House in Athol. The team of Stony Creek fire police Joann Mosher, Hope Colson, and Donna Black, also fondly known as the Banquet Beggars gathered these generous contributions.

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