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Close to 50 Dutchess County Volunteer Firefighters Recognized by NYS Office of Fire and Prevention Control

Published: 5/25/2017

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Poughkeepsie…Forty-six Dutchess County volunteer firefighters, representing 19 local fire departments, were recognized last night by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control at a graduation ceremony held at Dutchess Community College in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  The new firefighters completed the spring 2017 Firefighter I program, a basic training course for new volunteer firefighters in New York State. The part-time program consists of 43 separate sessions, totaling 129 hours of training over a three-month period, held at the Dutchess County Emergency Response campus.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Congratulations to the 46 men and women who recently completed the Firefighter I program. All of the graduates are to be commended for their selfless decision to serve their community in this lifesaving capacity. We join with the Department of Emergency Response, family, loved ones, training instructors, and participating fire departments in thanking all of our firefighters for their commitment to their fellow neighbors in their community and throughout Dutchess County.”

Firefighter I graduates

The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response coordinates firefighter training programs on behalf of New York State and provides appropriate training facilities and administrative functions associated with the trainings.

“We are grateful for the brave men and women who’ve answered the call to serve their community as firefighters, risking their lives to save others. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of the Firefighter I program graduates, their families and their instructors,” said Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Response Dana Smith.

Graduates Fire Department
Casey J. Higham Beekman
Ryan Westoff Beekman
Amanda Jaeschke Carmel
Anthony M. Schneider Carmel
Shantel Blash Chelsea
Angelica Guerrero-Pulido Chelsea
Andrew F. Schulman Chelsea
Walter W. Grosevnor Jr. Dover
Tatianna Kasky Dover
Jennifer Conway East Fishkill
William Leo East Fishkill
Matthew Maseda East Fishkill
Wendy Metzger East Fishkill
Andrew Mitchell East Fishkill
John P. O’Mara East Fishkill
Moses Reyes Sr. East Fishkill
Moses Reyes Jr. East Fishkill
Jeremy Totis East Fishkill
Melissa Diakantonis East Fishkill
Cody V. Debenedictus Hillside
Brendon Martin Hughsonville
Carlos Castellanos Hyde Park
Jose Castellanos Hyde Park
Jacquelyn Tucker Hyde Park
Colin McMorris Millbrook
Catherine Pidgeon Millbrook
David Solazzo Milan
Kristin N. McClune Millerton
Louis Simmons Millerton
Coleman Adamec New Hackensack
Javan Halstead Rhinebeck
June LeFurgy Rhinebeck
Blake McMichael Rhinebeck
Linda S. Harnaga Rombout
Zachary M. Loya Rombout
William Burns Roosevelt
Timothy P. Burns Roosevelt
Melinda L. Lasher Roosevelt
Madeline J. Buchal Stanford
Raina Dziuk Tivoli
Joshua Moore Tivoli
Michael Yonta Tivoli
Jacob M. Meester Union Vale
Courtney L. Nix Union Vale
Daniel J. Harrison Wappingers Falls
Brandon T. Rumley Wappingers Falls
Lead Instructors  
Carl Quaglino  
Dar Sims