Sunday, September 29, 2013
A grandchild of Past Member Joseph Graffagnino found a picture featuring past members and even a past mascot. The member later became a FDNY firefighter based on dreams WHBFD helped build. His son and grandson followed his footsteps of being an FDNY firefighter. His grandson made the ultimate sacrifice at the Deutsche Bank fire. May he rest in peace.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Our Members joined in the annual Howard Beach Columbus - Italian Heritage Parade which starts on 156 Avenue and runs the length of Crossbay Boulevard through Howard Beach.
Come Join Us on October 19th, 2013 at our firehouse located at 102-33 Davenport Court in Hamilton Beach for Halloween Costume BINGO! The Fun starts at 6pm and runs until 10pmAdults $10 Kids $5Raffles, Food & Refreshments will be provided.Come have some wonderful fun and Support your Local Volunteer Fire Department
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
12 years have passed since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, We take this moment to remember those who sacrificed all on that day. We remember the 343 FDNY, 37 PAPD, 23 NYPD and numerous NYS Certified EMTs and Paramedics that were lost. We continue to say prayers for the Armed Forces that have sacrificed for our freedom and those who continue to protect us from terrorism. WE ESPECIALLY REMEMBER OUR MEMBERSCHIEF KEVIN M. DELANO, SRCHIEF JOHN R. VELOTTIwho succumbed to illnesses related to 9-11
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department members pop in to paint stars! The Stars of HOPE foundation was responsible for hanging the Stars of Hope throughout Howard Beach back in January! They held a community painting event at Assembly of God located on 99th street, where many neighbors joined elected officials such as Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr, and Councilman Eric Ulrich. The Stars painted in neighborhood will be sent to New Jersey to help boost morale, as it has in our own neighborhood. Visit Starsofhopeusa.org
(L to R) Ex-Captain Pasqualicchio,
Ex-Chief Aldana, Deputy Chief Zych,
Patrick of Stars of HOPE
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Come Join Us at The Annual Ave Maria Academy / Our Lady of Grace Parish Feast, located in the parking lot of Ave Maria Academy at 101 Street and 158 Avenue.We will be doing complimentary Blood pressures as well as answering any questions you may have.July 31st until August 4th - Times vary, See local postings
Friday, July 12, 2013
At 2015 hours, DC 942 & A947-3 responded to the report of an MVC at 160 Avenue and 98th Street. Upon arrival there was a two car collision with multiple injuries.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
C941, DC942, A947-3 responded to Box 1668 at 162-39 84th Street - with the report of a Possible House Collapse. Upon arrival, crews were first due and there was heavy fire through the roof that was being fed by the gas line. The exposure 4 wall was collapsed. A947-3 transported on patient with serious injuries.http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Fire-Wall-Collapse-Howard-Beach-Queens-209375461.html
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A947-3 responded for the report of a multi car incident at the North Channel Bridge, prior to arrival the address was changed to 1000ft south of the bridge with multiple patients. A9473, BCVFD and FDNY EMS transported numerous patients , two of which were in critical condition.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Superstorm Sandy ravaged West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department
in Queens, N.Y., flooding the fire station with 5 feet of water and
ruining all of its rescue equipment.
A fire engine donated Wednesday by North
Huntingdon's Larimer Volunteer Fire Department will help to replenish
the New York department's fleet.
“We lost all the equipment in the
firehouse,” said Mitch Udowitch, treasurer of West Hamilton Beach
department. “It's amazing how people throughout the community came to
help — and the country.”
Donations of equipment have poured in from
fire stations across the nation, including Hooversville and Berlin in
Somerset County, Udowitch said. Fire departments in Mississippi and
Georgia donated equipment.
The fierce storm battered the eastern
seaboard on Oct. 29, trashing three fire engines, a brush truck and two
ambulances at the Queens department.
During the storm, the West Hamilton Beach crew rescued two women trapped in a house, Udowitch said.
“Hamilton Beach is approximately 20 to 40
feet below sea level to begin with. ... The hurricane hit land at a full
moon and high tide,” he said. “It just kept coming.”
The brick-and-cinder block fire station in
Queens survived the storm but needed a new roof and some interior work.
The storm left the department without electricity for six weeks.
Bill Hardy, chief of the Larimer fire
department, saw photographs online of inundated New York fire
departments and offered to help the West Hamilton Beach company.
“We'll do whatever we can to help them out,” Hardy said.
Larimer got a new fire engine in August, which replaced the donated truck.
Udowitch and John Abouricheh, another
firefighter from the Queens department, picked up the 1986 engine in
North Huntingdon Wednesday and planned to drive it back to New York.
Udowitch said the department plans to use Larimer's donated truck to
respond primarily to brush fires.
The Queens department operates solely with donations — without tax revenue, he said.
“Between these guys and Somerset County, I
can't say enough,” Udowitch said. “(With their donation), these guys
complete what we needed.”
Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or email@example.com.
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