Thursday, December 10th, 2020
New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department Elects Officers for 2021The department recently elected a new Chief as former Chief Thomas A. Bolanowski has stepped down after serving 12 years in that position...
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
On December 2, 2019, the membership of the New Hartford Fire Department elected its officers for the year 2020. They are as follows; Chief: Thomas A. Bolanowski (12th consecutive year)First Assistant ...
Awards

 

NEW HARTFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARDS

William G. Martin “Iron Man” Award

The Fire Department has a long and storied history that dates back to 1901. In 1991, William G. Martin passed away while still an active member. Bill, although in his 80's, was a 40-year member who was among the department's most active members. A department Trustee and Fire Police officer, Bill was at every department meeting and many calls helping to direct traffic and keep his fellow firefighters safe. Those firefighters included his son Terry, and grandsons Kevin and Brian, and nephew Steve Ingersoll.

His dedication and participation at such an advanced age touched and moved then town Supervisor John Kazanjian. With a reference to baseball great Lou Gehrig, who in the mid 1930's received the moniker "Iron Man" for playing in a record 2,130 consecutive games, the Town Board created the "Iron Man" award to give to a deserving member of each of the town's three volunteer fire departments annually. Bill was awarded the 1st Iron Man in 1991 posthumously.

Only two other members have received the award posthumously. John Hoffman, a 28-year member and past President who passed away suddenly after a long and courageous battle with diabetes, received the award in 2000. And 2008 Honoree Thomas C. Panzone was a 35-year member whose life was cut short by cancer. Tom was an avid cook and relished the time spent cooking for his fellow firefighters at meetings and special gatherings.

The Iron Man Award recognizes the volunteer firefighter who is ever ready, ever willing and ever present to serve the community. The recipient of this award has exemplified and outstanding dedication to service. The New Hartford Town Board recognizes the resolve, commitment and genuine enthusiasm of this individual as an inspiration to all.       

Yr. Iron Man

Name

Age Joined Dept.

Age Iron Man

Years w/ Dept.

1991

William G. Martin

40

80

40

1992

Leslie J. Dean

22

74

53

1993

Louis J. Sherwood

43

80

37

1994

Stephen V. Scanlon, Jr.

38

71

38

1995

William J. Freiberger

37

78

48

1996

George S. Glass, Jr.

28

80

49

1997

Harold C. Lewis

18

78

50

1998

Thomas V. Randall

21

64

57 ^

1999

John A. Kielar

56

76

20

2000

John A. Hoffman

24

53

28

2001

Terrance P. Martin

19

56

40

2002

William J. Freiberger III

19

57

49 ^

2003

Joseph E. Crandall, Jr.

38

71

43 

2004

Paul E. Lewis

19

57

47 

2005

David M. Reynolds

19

58

46 ^

2006

James F. Spellman

34

70

43 

2007

James P. Kreutzer

39

71

37 ^

2008

Thomas C. Panzone

30

65

35

2009

William H. Randall

27

63

39 ^

2010

Thomas R. Watkins

29

60

34 ^

2011

William J. Wren

39

62

26 ^

2012

David E. Maier

19

51

33 ^

2013

Robert Matt

32

58

27 ^

2014Jeffrey P. Madden1952
35^
 
2015David Mazzatti4269
27^
 
2016James E. Monahan5480
25^
 

2017
 
Joseph Luker236239^

2018
 
David Butler316736^

2019
 
Bernard Green 72 

2020
 
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Michael D. Sowich Firefighter of the Year Award
In March of 2007, Michael Sowich suffered a fatal heart attack while attending fire department training classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Although Mike had only been a member for two months, there was a relationship that spanned nearly 15 years. Mike was a NYS Fire Instructor and taught many classes in New Hartford. He previously belonged to the Sherrill-Kenwood Vol. Fire Department where he was also employed as a Village Codes Officer. To honor Mike's love for firefighting and his dedication to teaching others, we dedicated our Firefighter of the Year award after Mike to honor his memory.

2006Robert Matt2011Eric Cappelli2016Steven Moran
2007Bernie Green2012David Butler2017Joshua Famolaro
2008Tom Watkins2013Jason Stallone2018Robert Matt
2009Paul Lewis2014Kevin Monahan2019Daniel DeLuke
2010Brian McCormick2015James Luley2020-----

 

William V. Kelly Emergency Medical Technician of the Year
The Fire Department issues annual awards to recognize members who go "above and beyond" the call in their service to the Fire Department. One such award recognizes the "Emergency Medical Technician" (EMT) of the Year. Of the department's eleven hundred plus calls annually, over 75% are medical.

The award has been dedicated in the memory of William V. Kelly, a 39-year member who, in 1937, established what would become today's "Emergency Medical Service" (EMS). Bill was certainly ahead of his time when the American Red Cross trained him as an Instructor in First Aid. A representative from the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. came to the Utica Chapter and trained Bill and five others from the region. Not only did he train New Hartford firemen, but he also trained hundreds of Oneida County residents in the art of First Aid and emergency resuscitation.

Bill inspired many generations towards community and emergency service. His son's Jack and Fran both served at one time in the fire department. Fran rose to the rank of Deputy Chief before retiring. His wife Margaret and daughter Peggy Brady, both served in the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Margaret was a Charter Member, helping to form the Auxiliary in 1953 and Peggy served as its President.

2006Andrew Hicks2011Brian McCormick2016Gabriel Zabala
2007James Monahan2012David Burnham2017Kenneth Phelps
2008Stephen Kurtelawicz2013James Toomey2018Kenneth Phelps
2009Frank Basile2014Trey Geary2019Michael Galligano Jr.
2010Stephanie Mathias2015Michael Kowalski2020-----


NHFD Rookie of the Year
The Rookie of the Year is the firefighter who is within the first three years of their service. They are on probation, with an annual review.
This award recognizes the new member who has gone above and beyond the service expected of a rookie firefighter.

2006Thomas Hulser2011Mark Ritchie2016Michael Galligano Jr.
2007Patrick Green2012W. Brian Mathias2017Brett D. O'Grady
2008Michael Kennedy2013Cody Wilson2018Steven Ingersoll Jr.
2009Brian McCormick2014Jeremy Roberts2019Dylan Evans
2010Michael Flood2015Joshua Famolaro2020-----

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