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West Hamilton vollies celebrate 86 years

Department honors its post-Sandy helpers

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 86th birthday last week with a gala at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach.

The department honored several local leaders and community members who helped them in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which flooded its Hamilton Beach firehouse and destroyed all but one vehicle.

Among those honored were Kiwanis Club Queens West Lt. Gov. Stephen Sirgiovanni and the Glendale Kiwanis Club for them help in the wake of the storm, Hamilton Beach Civic Association President Roger Gendron and his wife, Holly, for operating a relief center at the WHBVFD firehouse after Sandy and Dr. Stephen Reis, a former member now living in Pennsylvania who helped secure new vehicles for the department from vollies there.

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