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Wilson firefighters honored for fabled 2001 Coast Guard rescue

by jmaloni
Thu, Apr 7th 2011 04:30 pm

Four firefighters whose brave actions a decade ago saved the lives of two Coast Guardsmen from the icy waters of Lake Ontario will be honored tonight as their heroic deeds are recounted in the Town of Wilson, Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, announced.

The ceremony follows a recent memorial for two Coast Guardsmen who died in the same 2001 incident.  On March 23, 2001, the four Coast Guardsmen were on a routine patrol when their vessel capsized.  It was through the intervention of Wilson Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 firefighters that two of the four men were rescued and brought safely ashore.

The presentation is expected to take approximately 20 minutes.

WHO:  Wilson Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, various local dignitaries                               

WHAT:  Honoring four volunteer firefighters who rescued two Coast Guard crewmen following the capsizing of their vessel in 2001

WHEN:  7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7

WHERE:  Wilson Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, 250 Young St., Wilson

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