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.