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Village thanks Glover, Robinson for service

Two dedicated public servants were honored by the village of Saranac Lake earlier this week.

Thomas Glover is stepping down from the bench after two-plus decades as a justice for the village of Saranac Lake and the town of Harrietstown.

Meanwhile, Kent Robinson is retiring after 40 years working for the village, most recently as head fire driver for the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Glover and his family attended Monday's night regular meeting of the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees. Mayor Clyde Rabideau presented him with a plaque and read a proclamation highlighting his long career.

Glover is a past American Legion Post 447 commander and county commander; past president of the Veterans Memorial Association; potentate of the Shriners Media Temple; an Elks Lodge member; and master of the Masonic Whiteface Mountain Lodge, being a 32nd degree Mason.

He is also an honorably discharged war veteran.

"It's been a pleasure to serve all of you," Glover said Monday evening.

Kent Robinson began working for the village in 1971. He was named "Fireman of the Year" in 1981 by the Northern New York Volunteer Firefighters Association for heroic action taken during the Berkley Hotel fire.

While responding to the fire, Robinson climbed to a third story window and saved seven victims trapped inside the building.

Robinson completed his last shift with the fire department early Wednesday morning. In a statement sent to the radio station, his fellow firefighters thanked him for his service and wished him luck.

"It's hard to believe it's been 40 years since I started with the village," Robinson said. "But it's been a good 40 years."

In retirement, Robinson plans to continue volunteering with the local fire department.

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