Originally posted December 16, 2022
At the annual Fire Inspection ceremony, Pelham Manor Fire Chief Michael Greco recognized several career and volunteer firefighters who have contributed over 426 years of service collectively. Chief Greco's father, a former volunteer firefighter, was honored to attend this important event.
Among the recipients was retired Chief Joseph Ruggiero, who served the department and the community with distinction for 35 years.
Chief Greco awarded unit citations and exceptional service bars to Captain Treacy, FF Swartout, FF Tewes, FF Fiorito, FF Clemente, and FF Parisi for actions taken on June 2, during the severe storm and structure fire. Captain Sutorius, FF Costa and FF Vitarello also received unit citations and exceptional service bars for water rescues effectuated during a severe thunderstorm on July 18. Chief Greco issued a life saving award to FF Parisi for actions taken while off duty on November 3.
Jon Kasper was named Volunteer of the Year for his dedicated service to the volunteer company throughout this year and past 25 years. Additionally, the Chief awarded responder pins to volunteers Lawrence Cooke, Larry Danny, Brian Heese, Jon Kasper Jennifer Mondino, Walter O’Hanlon and David Pesce for responding to at least 25% of fire calls for service. The Volunteer Company also recognized their dedicated leader, Lawrence Cooke, with the Appreciation Award, and honored longtime community member and former volunteer Frank Barbieri with the first annual John Cermanski Award.
Thank you to our highly trained, dedicated team of career and volunteer firefighters!
Photo Credits: Volunteer FF Walter O'Hanlon and Deputy Mayor Michelle DeLillo