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Morristown Fire Department gives out awards to stellar volunteers

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MORRISTOWN - Close to 200 people turned out to the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department Annual Awards Banquet at the fire hall Saturday night despite snowy roads to recognize firefighters who shined over the last 12 months.

The Chief’s Award, given out the members who helped the chief the most during the year, went to First Assistant Chief Dean Hoffman and Kyle Hollister.

“These guys together have about 15 to 16 years of service with the department,” Chief Kevin J. Crosby said. “They’re basically there on almost all the calls.”

Mr. Crosby said the service they provide is invaluable to him and the department.

“They help out constantly,” Mr. Crosby said. “If I need something done I can ask them; they are always there to do whatever they can.”

The Morristown Ladies Auxiliary also handed out its Chief’s Award at the banquet.

Auxiliary Chief Sally Barse gave the award to Jeannie McLear, who she called a “hard worker.”

“We’re grateful to have her as a part of the auxiliary,” Mrs. Barse said.

The Ladies Auxiliary also presented a $2,500 check to the fire department to help buy a new ice machine for the building.

Numerous area fire departments and rescue squads were in attendance at the banquet, and Mr. Crosby thanked the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department in particular for its assistance earlier this year while the Morristown department was mourning the death of one of their own.

Stephen A. Spilman, 64, a 40-year veteran of the department, passed away in October. Mr. Crosby thanked the Heuvelton department for covering for Morristown during Mr. Spilman’s funeral.

In 2013, Mr. Crosby said, the department logged nearly “9,000 hours of service to the people of our community and the surrounding communities.”

Mr. Crosby thanked not only the firefighters themselves but their families as well for being supportive and understanding.

“Those families spent 9,000 hours without their family members there,” Mr. Crosby said.

The department also recognized James Bouchey for serving 35 years, Earl Barse for serving 30 years, George Pratt for serving 15 years and Brittany Gilbo was honored for serving five years.

The ladies auxiliary praised Mrs. Barse and Stephanie Gibson for serving 10 years, and Mary Pike for serving five years.

The department has 41 members in total.





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