Longtime Lewiston and Sanborn volunteer firefighter David Schmidt was elected vice president of the board of trustees of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York Firemen's Home, a specialized rehabilitation facility for retired volunteer firefighters in Hudson. Schmidt was elected at FASNY's 142nd annual convention at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. He will serve a one-year term as vice president.
Schmidt began his fire service career as a junior firefighter in 1971. On his 18th birthday, in 1975, he became an active firefighter with Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2. One year later, he was appointed a junior lieutenant and has served in the line offices of senior lieutenant, 1st and 2nd assistant chief, and he served as chief in 1980. He also served as president in 1983 in addition to the positions of secretary, financial secretary and sergeant-at-arms. He has served as president of the Exempt and Benevolent Association since 1992. He also served with the Sanborn Fire Co. for five years and was first aid captain.
Schmidt has been a member of the Niagara County Volunteer Firemen's Association, where he served as sergeant-at-arms from 1991-95. He was elected 3rd VP, 2nd VP and 1st VP, and served as president in 1999. During this time, he received tax-exempt status for the association.
Schmidt was elected to the Niagara County Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention committee in 2001. He was elected treasurer in 2004 and has served as secretary since 2005. Schmidt was housing chairman for the FASNY conventions in Niagara Falls in 1998 and 2009.
He has been a member of the Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association since 1975. Schmidt was a trustee representing Niagara County from 2002-07, and is currently a member of the 2-percent committee.
Schmidt also holds several master electrician licenses. He and his wife, Francine, have been married since 1982 and have two daughters: Julie and Karyn.