ALTONA - Firefighters and emergency medical service providers from across the county have been recognized for their commitment to service by the Clinton County Firefighters Association.
The recognition was given during the association's annual banquet at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall April 10. During this year's event, the association named its Firefighter of the Year, EMS Provider of the Year and Fire Police of the Year and gave awards for meritorious service.
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Chuck Kostyk of the Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department was chosen for the honor of Firefighter of the Year.
In his nomination, Kostyk, who joined the department in 1986, was referred to as one of the department's "leading advocates of increased training for the membership" who has "set an example by establishing a considerable listing of training attended and completed, in both firematics and in EMS."
"This is one of very few times in my life where I'm at a lack for words," said Kostyk. "But, thank you. This is a great honor to stand up in front of this group of individuals. I gladly accept this for everybody in the room, because everybody deserves a piece of this award."
EMS PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
The honor of EMS Provider of the Year went to Cory Crahan with the City of Plattsburgh Fire Department.
In the letter nominating Crahan for the award, he was credited with administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a gentleman while on a cruise in the Bahamas. Crahan reportedly noticed one of the cruise's passengers wobbling before sitting back