By Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer
Grand Island Fire Co.
Grand Island Fire Co. President Mike Dallessandro welcomed local government officials, family members and special guests to fire headquarters on Saturday, May 20, to commemorate 79 years of first-rate community protection by the Grand Island Fire Co. He stressed that such dedicated volunteerism is much more than a passing fancy, but rather a lifetime commitment that cannot prevail without unconditional family support.
Board of Directors Chairman Greg Butcher echoed these sentiments while pointing out that the GIFC has made solid progress over the past year, especially in the area of critical infrastructure upgrades.
Although the continuing success of the GIFC depends upon a strong group effort, fire officials said, certain individuals are being recognized on this occasion for reaching notable milestones, from five years for Anthony Buscaglia to 55 years for Dan McMahon and Andrew Job.
The Grand Island Fire Co. presented service awards to members at the annual company dinner May 20. Those who passed milestones with the GIFC are:
•5 years: Anthony Buscaglia
•10 years: Ryan Ayers and Saed Shafie
•15 years: Past Pres. Tammy Gorman and Joe Torregrossa
•25 years: Past Chief and Director Greg Butcher and Director Jeremy Pullano
•30 years: Michael DeMartin, Robert Aronica and Dr. Lee Routsie
•35 years: Dr. David Johnson
•40 years: Greg Zilliox
•45 years: Gail Lazenby, former emergency medical services captain and board chairman
•50 years: Past Chief Gary Roesch
•55 years: Past Director Dan McMahon and Andrew Job
Ladies Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher also presented the GIFC with a $500 check to assist with ongoing interior renovations.
Grand Island Fire Co. Board of Directors Chairman Greg Butcher, Fire Chief Chris Soluri and GIFC President Mike Dallessandro congratulate Mike DeMartin upon receiving 30-year recognition.