West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 85 years. 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.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder swears in the new leadership of the department: EMS Captain Nick Spinelli, left, EMS Lt. Andrew Reiner, Lt. Tyronne Finholt and Capt. Ronald Corchado.
Chief Jonah Cohen, center, with the George Graetz Outstanding Service awards to the department winners, Andrew Sherman, left, and Dylan English, both still probationary firefighters.
Chief Jonah Cohen with Councilman Eric Ulrich, center, and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., both honored for their support.
Chief Jonah Cohen and former assemblywoman, now Queens County Clerk, Audrey Pheffer and former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, both honored for supporting the department during their time in Albany.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., far right, presented certificates for service to the community during Hurricane Sandy, in which these members were involved in the rescue of two women trapped in their house. The honorees Deputy Chief Andy Zych, left, Corporation Vice President Daniel Amorim, Capt. Ronald Corchado, Firefighter Ruben Martinez, Corporation President Carol Scheper and EMS Capt. Nick Spinelli. Joining them is Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, far left.
West Hamilton Beach pride on display.
WHBVFD Chief Jonah Cohen with the department’s “Godmother” and honorary commissioner D. Marjorie Centrone.