PORT HENRY - The Port Henry Volunteer Fire Department held its 135th annual Firemen's Banquet at the King's Inn in Port Henry recently.
Approximately 55 people attended the traditional event that recognized several members for many years of service to the department and community. Assistant Chief Jim Hughes acted as Master of Ceremonies.
Distinguished guests in attendance included Village of Port Henry Deputy Mayor John Sheldon and wife, Nancy, Village Trustee Linda DuRoss, Village Trustee Ruth McDonough, Town of Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava, guest speaker, James King and wife Mary, Ralph Jaquish, chief of the Moriah Fire Department and wife, Ruth, and Don Jaquish, Moriah FD first assistant chief, and wife Louann.
Several presentations were made throughout the evening beginning with recognition given to the new administrative and line officers of the department that included Richard DeFelice, president,Ron Nesbitt, Jr., vice president, Phil Huchro, captain, and George Edwards, lieutenant.
The Port Henry Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary was also present. New officers recognized included: Brenda Baker, president, Jeannie Ball, vice president, Laura Venne, secretary, and Paula Huchro, treasurer.
Port Henry Fire Department members recognized for several years of service included: Allan Burch III (5 years) and Frank Blaise (40).
A moment of silence was offered to James "Jimmy" Scozzafava who passed away on May 25 of this year. Firefighter Scozzafava was recognized and remembered for 45 years of service. His lapel pin and a Fireman's Bible were presented to his family.
Special recognitions were given to those senior volunteers with 40 or more years of service to the department. Members recognized included Thomas "Turk" Boyle (43), Lester Daby (49), John Sweet (51), Leroy Vanderhoof (53) and John "Jack" Waldron (60). Each volunteer received department anniversary lapel pins.
Waldron received special tributes and many proclamations marking his 60th anniversary with the department from the Village of Port Henry, Town of Moriah, Essex County Board of Supervisors, Gov. David Paterson, State of New York, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, State Sen. Betty Little, Rep. John McHugh, Essex County Department of Emergency Services and the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.