The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps will celebrate it’s 86th birthday with a dinner dance at Russo’s On The Bay on Feb. 6.
The event will also give the vollies, who were badly affected by Hurricane Sandy, a chance to honor a number of people who have helped the department and the community of Hamilton Beach including fire captains from as far away as Mississippi who came to their aid after the storm.
‘We try to honor those individuals who have helped the community or the fire department,” said Mitch Udowitch, the WHBVFD’s treasurer
Among those who will be honored: Roger and Holly Gendron of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association; Stephen Sirgiovanni, Lt. Governor, Howard Beach Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Club of Glendale; Dr. Steven Reis, a former WHVBD member; Howard Beach photographer Nick Beneduce and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park).
The fire department lost all but one of its vehicles when Sandy’s storm surge flooded the firehouse on Davenport Court in Hamilton Beach in October 2012, during which several members saved at least two Hamilton Beach residents from rising flood waters.
Since then, the department has received trucks from numerous firehouses across the country. Udowitch said Reis, who will be the first person ever honored by the department who served with them, helped arrange the donations of three fire trucks from departments in Pennsylvania where he currently lives.
Last month, the department purchased two new ambulances to add to its fleet, which allowed for the retirement of the ambulance that was the only vehicle to survive Sandy.
The dinner dance starts with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $85 per person. They can be purchased by calling (718) 843-1716.