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The Times
  • Mohawk firefighters remember fallen comrades

  • The bell atop the Alexander Hose Company marker was rung and flowers were placed in the Mohawk Cemetery Monday evening during the company’s annual inspection and memorial services.

    After an inspection in front of the firehouse, firefighters and members of the village board marched around the block, coming to a halt in front of the Alexander Hose Company marker on Columbia Street.

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  • The bell atop the Alexander Hose Company marker was rung and flowers were placed in the Mohawk Cemetery Monday evening during the company’s annual inspection and memorial services.
    After an inspection in front of the firehouse, firefighters and members of the village board marched around the block, coming to a halt in front of the Alexander Hose Company marker on Columbia Street.
    Mohawk and German Flatts fire trucks followed the marchers.
    Chaplain Kenneth Palmer read the names of members of the department who have died during the past year and Lt. Karl Yaddow rang the bell for each one. Among those remembered was Harry M. Montgomery, Sr., a member of the Mohawk Fire Corps, who was killed in the March 13 shootings in the village.
    The Alexander Hose Company marker is at the site of Mohawk’s first fire station and the bell was installed on the station for use as the village’s fire alarm, according to a plaque mounted on the side of the marker.
    After ceremonies at the marker, the marchers and fire trucks proceeded to the Mohawk Cemetery for a ceremony and to place flowers on graves there.
    Palmer spoke at the cemetery about the events of March 13.
    “Our department stepped up to the plate,” he said.
    He recalled those firefighters who have passed away, adding, “We can be proud of what they taught us.”
    Palmer also spoke of the two West Webster firefighters who were shot and killed Christmas Eve while responding to a fire. One was a single young man who was not scheduled that evening, but offered to switch with a fellow firefighter to allow him to spend the evening with his wife and children.
    “He gave his life,” said Palmer. “No one can ask us to do a greater deed than that.”
    Of the March 13 shootings in the village, he said, Mohawk firefighters can be proud of being part of a company that was “willing and able to work with EMS, police and whoever else was called in that day. It’s a day we’ll always remember. We pay tribute to those lives that were lost and give thanks for those who survived.”
    After the ceremony at the cemetery, the procession returned to the firehouse for a meal.
    The village board was on hand to present an appreciation award to the fire and police departments for all their acts of bravery and service during the events of March 13.
    “The dinner and the plaques are a very small token of our appreciation for what these departments do for the village,” said Mayor Jim Baron. “Both the fire and police departments represent our first line of defense on a day such as March 13, and there is a lot to be said about the professionalism and heroism that was displayed by these two departments on that day. We at the board would like to extend a sincere thank you to each department, not only from our board, but from every village resident.”
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