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9/11/2008-0845 hrs - SEPTEMBER 11th REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY - CITY HALL
At 0845 hours on September 11th 2008, The Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association conducted a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony at City Hall. The Master of Ceremonies was Local 616 President Lt. Michael Edwards.
The Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association Color Guard was present, along with the membership to honor those who lost their lives on that tragic day seven years ago. The ceremony began with the posting of colors by the Color Guard and the singing of our national anthem by Dunkirk High School Senior Hannah Wentz. FF Joel Ahrens played taps, and the singing of God Bless America was performed by Jody Pasquale.
Remarks were made by Captain Allen Loeb, Fire Chief Keith Ahlstrom, Police Chief David Ortolano, City Mayor Richard Frey, Union President Lt. Michael Edwards, City Schools Superintendent Gary Cerne, and Legislator Robert Duff.
6/26/2009- LOCAL 616 WINS WRECK AND ROLL HOSE RACES - PARTICIPATES IN YA-GOTTA REGATTA
Local 616 members Jim Ellman, Matt Hanlon, Tony Thomas, Paul Trippy, Robert Thompson, Jason Kirell, Gary Katta, and Hank Pencek were the winners of the first annual Dunkirk Wreck and Roll Hose Races. This marks the second time that Local 616 has participated with a hose race team, and has won both events. There were 8 teams competing in the races held at 1800 hrs on Friday night, 2 from Sunset Bay Fire Company, and one team from Fredonia Hooks and Hose, East Dunkirk Fire, Sheridan Fire, and Stockton Fire.
Members Michael Edwards, Joseph Michalski, and Anthony Thomas constructed a boat out of plywood and air filled fire hose to participate in the annual Ya-Gotta Regatta held Saturday afternoon in the rain. Members Todd Ellman and Hank Pencek also participated as they navigated the waters in a Little Tykes Bed constructed to float. Boat 1 manned by Gary Katta and Patrick Ossman was in the water assisting participants of the regatta. (PHOTOS BY ALLEN HOLLANDER)
6/21/2008-2100 hrs.- 616 COMPETES IN 1ST ANNUAL YA-GOTTA REGATTA WITH TWO VESSELS
Lt. Brown and FF. Pencek were the captains of Local 616's first vessels for the City of Dunkirk's Wreck & Roll Festival's Ya Gotta Regatta Race. 616 members, under the direction of Lt. Brown spent numerous hours constructing 2 vessels to participate in. On June 21st, the event was held and both vessels received awards.
FF. Pencek a.k.a. "Hank the Tank" was the captain of "Lil Squirt." This vessel won the award of best sinker, because as soon as he left the start line, he started to sink but still managed to keep his American flag above water. The joke of his voyage is that he was representing Dunkirk's Relief Man Society Local 919, (in other context) because the 616 quickly turned to 919 upside down.
Lt. Brown a.k.a. "Captain Brown" was the captain of "Heat Wave," 616's rendition of a mini fire boat. Heat Wave won the most creative award, and the vessel stayed afloat, but it wasn't maneuvering as well as planned.
Crews and spectators truly enjoyed the experience, and look forward to more vessels next year for the 2nd annual event. The Dunkirk Dive Team was present with Boat 1 and their loaned PWC to stand by for the event, as well as the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Department vessel CX503. LINK TO CITY WRECK & ROLL PAGE (PHOTOS BY ALLEN HOLLANDER)
8/28/2009 - CURRENT AND RETIRED 616 MEMBERS ATTEND FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS
On Monday August 24th, 2009, Buffalo Firefighters Lt. Charles McCarthy and FF. Jonathan Croom died in the line of duty at a multiple alarm fire due to a floor collapse. Please keep the individuals, friends, and family in your thoughts. On August 28th, Current and Retired members of Local 616 attended their funeral ceremonies in Buffalo. Tee shirts to benefit the families of the firefighters can be puchased at BUFFALOSBRAVEST.COM and more information and photos can be found at BUFFALOFIREFIGHTERS.COM, (ERIE COUNTY FIRE WIRE) ECFWIRE.COM or any other Buffalo media sites. (PHOTOS BY PAUL TRIPPY)
5/17/2008-0830 hrs.- FIRST ANNUAL HIGHRISE STAIR CLIMB - STEGER HIGHRISE - 15 N.MAIN STREET
On Saturday May 17th 2008, at 0830 hours, Dunkirk Firefighters participated in the first annual Highrise Stair Climb. Entree fees for this event were:
- $10 for a firefighter to walk up the first staircase, 11 floors across the 11th floor, and back down the second staircase.
- $15 for a firefighter to walk up the first staircase, 11 floors then ride down the elevator.
- $20 for a firefighter to ride the elevator both up and down.
All proceeds earned went to the Daniel F. Anson Scholarship Fund.
Many of the Dunkirk Firefighters have been preparing for this event, as they competed for the best time as each participant was timed from beginning to end. There shall be no running allowed, and each participant must touch every step.
(PHOTOS BY PAUL TRIPPY)
The City of Dunkirk Fire Department's 1st annual Highrise Stair Climb was a quite a success as 25 people participated in the event. A total of $ 315 of entry fees was raised for the Daniel S. Anson Scholarship Fund. There were a total of 12,900 steps taken, and that is the equivalent of 7.75 miles walked.
1. Nick Barter 1:56
2. Matt Hanlon 2:00
3. Patrick Ossman 2:06
4. Gary Katta 2:11
5t. Allen Loeb 2:16
5t. Edgar Kujawa 2:16
7. Keith Ahlstrom 2:17
8. Tony Martinez 2:20
9. Paul Trippy 2:21
10. Tony Thomas 2:28
11. Bob Thompson 2:36
12. Tyler Little 2:40
13. Adam Ahrens 2:45
14. Jim Stern 2:50
15. Ricky Thomas 2:54
16. Jason Kirell 2:55
17. Mike Edwards 3:00 (ended with both shoes untied)
18. Joe Michalski 3:30
19. Scott Guziec 3:45
20. Tom Ludwiszewski 4:45
21. Leslie Ludwiszewski 5:15
22. Keith Ossman - Elevator up, Walked down.
- The following donated their entry fee for the event...
Kevin Ahlstrom, Dean Wright and Jared Meyer.
- The Union would like to give special thanks to Keith Ahlstrom and Joe Michalski for donating more than their entry fee to the fund.
5/25/2009- 1100 Hours LOCAL 616 HONOR GUARD MARCHES IN DUNKIRK'S MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
On Memorial Day 2009, The Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association Local 616 Honor Guard marched in the Annual City of Dunkirk Memorial Day Parade. This is the first parade the unit has participated in. The Honor Guard was organized in 2008, under the direction of Firefighter Joseph Michalski and Retired Lieutenant Thomas Brown. The members that marched in the parade were Ret-Lt. Brown, MTO/Lt. Gary Katta, Union President/Lt. Michael Edwards, FF. Robert Trzaska, FF. Michalski, FF. James Muscato, FF. Anthony Thomas, FF. Jared Meyer, and FF. Paul Trippy. The performance in the parade was a success, and members hope to participate in future local parades with greater numbers. During the parade, FF. Trzaska was commended for his tours with the U.S. Army, as he has returned from his third tour overseas. (PHOTOS BY ALLEN HOLLANDER)
- The members of Local 616 would like to thank all of the people that purchased 50/50 tickets to Benefit the Daniel Anson Scholarship Fund. The winners were drawn on Memorial Day, With 1st Place going to Tim Smith, 2nd Place to Hank Pencek, and 3rd Place to Allen Loeb.
8/22/2009 - WRECK AND ROLL #2 BOATS, BLUES, AND BBQ FESTIVAL DONATES ALL PROCEEDS TO THE DANIEL F. ANSON SCHOLARSHIP. The Wreck and Roll #2 Boats, Blues, and BBQ Festival was held on the waterfront with all of the proceeds to be donated to the Daniel F. Anson Scholarship Fund. Members of Local 616 would like to thank everybody that made this event a success. Members of 616 served drinks at the for the event as "Celebrity Bartenders" and Union President Michael Edwards was a judge for the BBQ and Rib Cookoff. Members and wives participated in the 1st Annual Dunkirk's Waterfront Tug of War Contest. Participants for the contest were Kris Edwards, Tracy Ossman, Amy Thomas, Robert Trzaska, Jared Meyer, Nick Barter, Michael Edwards, Henry Pencek, Tony Thomas, and Bob Thompson. (PHOTOS BY JARED MEYER, AMY THOMAS, AND PAUL TRIPPY)