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Port Henry firefighters honored

138th annual banquet held

Port Henry firefighter Dain Venne received the Firefighter Commendation Medal for his life saving actions while rescuing several stranded victims during Tropical Storm Lee last August.  Venne is currently serving in the Army National Guard based in Afghanistan. His father, Brian Venne, right, accepted the award on his behalf from Chief Jim Hughes.

Port Henry firefighter Dain Venne received the Firefighter Commendation Medal for his life saving actions while rescuing several stranded victims during Tropical Storm Lee last August. Venne is currently serving in the Army National Guard based in Afghanistan. His father, Brian Venne, right, accepted the award on his behalf from Chief Jim Hughes.

— New administrative and line officers of the Port Henry Fire Department were recognized — Vice President Peter Cutting, Secretary Gary Badore and Lieutenant Mark McLaughlin.

The Port Henry Fire Department Auxiliary was also present. New officers recognized included President Jeannie Ball, Vice President Laura Muniz, Secretary Erin Prevette and Treasurer Lydia Crison.

Proclamations from Governor Andrew Cuomo marking the achievements of Firefighter Blood and First Assistant Chief Edwards were read and presented by Clifford Donaldson.

In addition, Donaldson read proclamations from Cuomo recognizing guests Moriah Fire Chief Ralph Jaquish for 53 years of service as chief and Past Chief Paul Tromblee for his 17 years of service to the Mineville-Witherbee Fire Department.

Following the dinner and awards DJ Mike “Doc” Vilardo provided music throughout.

“This event proved to be a night rich in tradition, enjoyment, and entertainment for all firefighters, their wives, invited and distinguished guests,” Hughes said.

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