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South Queens heroes mark big milestone

West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 85 years

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

Despite losing all of their vehicles in the 10-foot storm surge created by Hurricane Sandy, members of the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department didn’t leave their community high and dry.

The members who were at the firehouse that night were honored along with vollies who assisted with responding to a car crash on the Belt Parkway earlier in 2012, at the department’s 85th Anniversary celebration dinner last Thursday at Russo’s On the Bay.

The department also honored politicians both past and present who have helped the department over the years. WHBVFD Treasurer Mitch Udowitch thanked all those who assisted the department in the wake of Sandy, including those who helped set up a staging area for residents in need of food and other supplies at the firehouse during the ensuing blackout. They also paid tribute to other volunteer fire departments across the country that sent West Hamilton Beach new vehicles.

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