Hundreds attend anniversary gala for the volunteer department
West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps members attend an event marking the group’s 84th anniversary last week.
Battalion Chief Thomas Farino, back left, firefighter Raymond York, back right, and the department’s ex-chief, Kevin Delano, all of whom lost their lives because of the Sept. 11 attacks, were honored.
Joe DeCandia Jr., second from left, and Jimmy Kolm, second from right, are honored by Chief Joseph Aldana, left, and Deputy Chief Danny Amorim as Jimmy Kolm’s father, James Kolm, center, joins them.
Mark Weidler, publisher of the Queens Chronicle, and Mitchell Udowitch, a former chief, at the dinner.
Volunteers salute the American flag carried by other department members.
Rick Hollborn, of the Islip Terrace Fire Department on Long Island, congratulates Chief Joseph Aldana after swearing him in.
Firefighters carry the American and West Hamilton Beach flags into Russo’s on the Bay banquet room, where everyone stood to greet them.
Department members smile after being sworn into office.
Iggy Tamburello, center, is presented an award for his service from Marie Persands, whose father, Edmund, was a past commissioner who joined the department in the 1940s, and Deputy Chief Danny Amorim.
EMS Lieutenant Nick Spinelli, left, and Fire Lieutenant Tyrone Finholt are sworn in.
Jimmy Sands, who leads the National 9/11 Flag Project and is a firefighter with Engine 311 in Howard Beach, speaks about the flag that was partially destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Judge Augustus Agate, right, of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club, presents a $1,000 check to Jonah Cohen, the department’s immediate past chief.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder addresses the crowd.
Ozone Park Kiwanis officers Victor Rodriguez, left, and Paul Capocasale, right, present a check for $2,500 to Jonah Cohen, former chief and Kiwanis president, second from left, and Chief Joseph Aldana.
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