On Tuesday evening, the Orange Volunteer Fire Association held its annual dinner, during which service awards were presented along with the announcement of the Firefighter of the Year.
One dedicated volunteer who joined the department in September 1960 and recently retired after 55 years of service, was honored as the oldest, active member of the Association.
That person is Elfo (Al) Pol, 90, who with his wife (Anita)’s blessing served the town and continued to do so until his retirement.
He served as a Captain and Treasurer in the department, and he dedicated a lot of time to community service: He was Chief of Staff for the 2006 Memorial Day Parade and Parade Marshal; He served as a volunteer firefighter and Legionnaire, Treasurer of the American Legion Post 127 and was a WWII Army Veteran. He also was named an Orange Living Treasure in 2015.
He will still be involved with the Firemen’s Carnival.
In recognition of all his service, First Selectman James Zeoli declared March 8, 2016 as Elfo “Al” Pol Day in Orange.
Chief John Knight presented Anita with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for her generosity and understanding during Al’s half century of service.
That said, the time came to present the Firefighter of the Year award. The nominating committee chose Al Pol for the honor.
Congratulations, Al, and Thank You for your service.