Assemblyman John Ceretto announced today local hero Thomas J. Burley was added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Albany by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Burley was a firefighter with the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. who passed away while performing his duties.
"Thomas Burley was a hero," Ceretto said. "It takes a special kind of person to run into danger that you're taught your entire life to run away from. Thomas was taken too early from us in the line of duty, and his state has recognized his valor. I am proud to have had Thomas Burley as part of our community, and I'm proud of the men and women who make up our fire departments and police forces. We forget just how dangerous these jobs can be. This is just a small token to show how grateful we were for Thomas Burley's service."