Volunteer Firefighters Honored For Service

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Mar 172017

Assistant Fire Chief Charles Sherwood presents Chief John Knight with his 45 year service pin.

During the Orange Volunteer Fire Department‘s Annual Meeting several members received pins honoring their years of service in the department.

The honorees include: Bill Laudenslager, 5 years; Rich Lohrenz, Dave Tufano and Dan Cole, 10 years; Joseph Oleschuk, 30 years, and Chief John Knight, 45 years.

The event took place at Racebrook Country Club on Thursday, March 16.

And Your Orange Volunteer Firefighter Of The Year Is….

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Mar 092016

IMG_1151On 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 IMG_1160time 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 IMG_1193her 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.


Mar 112015

Fire Chief John Knight presents the Firefighter of the Year award to George Geane.

Fire Chief John Knight presents the Firefighter of the Year award to George Geane.

There were plenty of accolades at the Annual Orange Volunteer Fire Association Dinner, Tuesday evening at Grassy Hill Lodge.

Service awards were presented, a new Fire Department Minister was named and the Firefighter of the Year was Announced.

Each year the department officers get together and discuss then vote on a member they feel deserves the title of firefighter of the year.

This year’s recipient has been a member for two decades and has faithfully served the community that entire time: responding to fires and other emergency calls anytime day or night, working at the Firemen’s Carnival, participating in community education events, and representing the department in parades and other occasions.

George Geane is a well-rounded firefighter and his fellow members like and respect him.

The identity of Firefighter of the Year is kept a secret until the actual announcement, but every year George and his wife, Linda joke that “this is the year.”

Well, George was shocked and surprised when his name was called, and he is honored to have Chief John Knight hand him the plaque bearing his name as Firefighter of the Year.