by Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.
Grand Island Fire Co. Fire Chief Kevin Koch has reported that Islander Frank Brusino will receive a special Grand Island Fire Co. commendation during the upcoming Fire Prevention Open House at fire headquarters on Friday, Oct. 14.
Brusino has been designated the 2011 award recipient for his long-term leadership role with the Grand Island Community Emergency Response Team of the Citizens Corp Council.
"His longstanding participation represents the true spirit of volunteerism at its very best," Koch said.
Recognition of his exceptional acts of community service goes well beyond the confines of Grand Island itself. Thanking him for his personal achievements at Kleinhans Music Hall on April 20, 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush noted, "The true strength of the country lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens. See, Frank represents the strength of America because he volunteers to make the community in which he lives a better place."
Brusino will receive the award at the open house, which will take place at headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, between 5 and 8 p.m.