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Above and Beyond: GIFC passes inspection

by jmaloni
Mon, Oct 10th 2011 03:10 pm
The Grand Island Fire Co. held a readiness inspection on Oct. 1. Past GIFC chiefs who attended a company inspection included, from left: Norm Mrkall I, Gary Roesch, Peter McMahon, Ray Pauley, Dave Tolejko, Steve Morgan, Paul Gorman, Norm Mrkall II and Greg Butcher.
The Grand Island Fire Co. held a readiness inspection on Oct. 1. Past GIFC chiefs who attended a company inspection included, from left: Norm Mrkall I, Gary Roesch, Peter McMahon, Ray Pauley, Dave Tolejko, Steve Morgan, Paul Gorman, Norm Mrkall II and Greg Butcher.

by Ray Pauley

Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.

Grand Island Fire Co. Fire Chief Kevin Koch, along with Grand Island Town Supervisor Peter McMahon, conducted a readiness inspection of Grand Island Fire Co. firefighter/medics on Saturday, Oct. 1, at fire headquarters.

Koch commended these members for demonstrating their un­wavering willingness to fulfill community protection duties, which have amounted to 1,137 emergency responses to date. McMahon echoed these sentiments by stating that response alone doesn't tell the full story, because extensive training, preparation, and related efforts consume many more man-hours that usually go unrecognized.

Also, in appreciation of first responders and their critical contributions, an American flag was presented to the GIFC by Grand Island's Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9249 Ladies Auxiliary Past President Sue McMahon, on be­half of the New York State Council.

It is comforting to know that these ready, willing, and able "volunteers" of the GIFC community protection team will always be there to come to the aid of their friends and neighbors.

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