Centerport Fire Department Installs New Officers, Presents Awards
The Centerport Fire Department recently held their 115th Annual Installation of Officers, where the new officers were installed and members were recognized for their service.
Master-of-Ceremonies Harry Acker introduced fellow Commissioners Peter Gunther, Dr. Jack Geffken, Gus Zeis, and Kurt Martin. Following an Invocation by Chaplain Paul Heglund, Commissioner Acker administered the oath-of-office to the new Chief of Department Nicholas Feeley. Chief Feeley installed First Assistant Chief Brian Mark, and Second Assistant Chief Thomas Boyd.
Ex-Chief Paul Heglund was installed as Deputy Chief Chaplain, Dr. Jack Geffken as Deputy Chief Medical, and Steve Silverman as Deputy Chief Photographer.
Company officers installed were as follows: Engine Company No. 1 – Captain Luis Moreno, First Lieutenant William DeSantis, Second Lieutenant Christopher Cunningham. Engine Company No. 2 – Captain Larry Burlingame, First Lieutenant John Stevenson. Eagle Truck Company – Captain Bruce Waring, First Lieutenant Robert Simpson, Second Lieutenant Kyle McLaughlin. Rescue Squad – Captain Andrew Aberham, First Lieutenant Debora Thide, Second Lieutenant Lawrence Donnelly. Fire Patrol – Captain Samuel Jones.
Outgoing Chief Andrew Stevenson was recognized for his dedicated service as Chief from 2011-2012, and presented with an award depicting the badges of all the offices he has held as well as his Chief’s helmet.
Top Fire and Rescue Responder Awards were presented to members that answered over 100 Rescue and 150 Fire Calls last year. The recipients were Brian Beinwald, James Feeley, Kyle McLaughlin, Joseph Morency, Steven Peters, George Puga, Peter Reilly and Edgardo Marcucci. Awards for answering over 150 Fire Calls went to Larry Burlingame, Elias Felluss, Peter Hahn, Andrew Heglund, Paul Heglund, Robert Simpson, Andrew Stevenson, and Bruce Waring. Awards for 100 Rescue Calls were given to Larry Donnelly, Dr. Jack Geffken, Steve Jones, David McGovern, Debora Thide, and John Knoph.
The Rescue Squad Member of Year Award was presented to outgoing Captain Michael Ryan. The Harry R. Burr Memorial Award for most alarms answered for 2012 was presented to Kyle McLaughlin for the third year in a row.
Story & Photos by Steve Silverman
Photo above – The newly installed officers of the Centerport Fire Department are pictured at their 115th Annual Installation. Seated from left, are Eagle Truck Co. First Lieut. Robert Simpson, Water Rescue Coordinator James Feeley, First Assistant Chief Brian Mark, Chief Nicholas Feeley, Second Assistant Chief Thomas Boyd, Deputy Chief Medical Dr. Jack Geffken, and Ex-Chief Andrew Stevenson. Standing, Fire Patrol Captain Samuel Jones, Engine Co. One Captain Luis Moreno, First Lieut. William DeSantis, and Second Lieut. Christopher Cunningham, Eagle Truck Co. Captain Bruce Waring, Engine Co. Two Lieut. John Stevenson, Captain Larry Burlingame, and Second Lieut. Kyle McLaughlin. (Photo by Steve Silverman)
Photo above – The Centerport Fire Department recently recognized outgoing Chief Andrew Stevenson for his dedicated service as Chief of the Department from 2011-2012. From left, are Ex-Chief Andrew Stevenson, incoming Chief Nick Feeley, First Assistant Chief Brian Mark, and Second Assistant Chief Tom Boyd. Chief Stevenson was presented with a plaque depicting all the badges of office he has held in the Department. (Photo by Steve Silverman)
Photo above – Top Fire and Rescue Responder Awards were presented to members of the Centerport Fire Department at their Annual Installation. From left, are Steve Jones, John Knoph, Larry Donnelly, Paul Heglund, Andrew Heglund, Kyle McLaughlin, Robert Simpson, Peter Reilly, Larry Burlingame, Steven Peters, Brian Bienwald, Dr. Jack Geffken, Michael Ryan, and James Feeley. (Photo by Steve Silverman)
Photo above – The Centerport Fire Department presented the Harry R. Burr Memorial Award for the most alarms answered for 2012 to Lieutenant Kyle McLaughlin who has received the honors for the third year in a row. The Rescue Squad Member of Year Award was presented to outgoing Captain Michael Ryan. From left, are Second Assistant Chief Tom Boyd, First Assistant Chief Brian Mark, Chief Nick Feeley, and recipients Kyle McLaughlin and Michael Ryan. (Photo by Steve Silverman)