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Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department banquet celebrated the year 2013

SERVICE YEARS CELEBRATED — Pictured are the past firefighters of the year, lined up in timely order. The 2013 firefighter of the year, Richard Lunz, was announced at the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department annual banquet. Photos by Alicia Greco.
HAMBURG — Dinner, dancing and the presentation of awards were held on Feb. 8 at the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg, marking the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department’s annual banquet.

After acknowledging several village of Hamburg societal members, Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses spoke, during the presentation segment of the banquet.

“This is my eighth year here as mayor in the village of Hamburg, and I’m very proud of it,” he said. “I have seen a lot of positive things happen within the village and the town, as well.” Teary-eyed, he went on to recognize his son, Timothy Moses, who is an active member of the department.

SERVICE YEARS CELEBRATED — Pictured are the past firefighters of the year, lined up in timely order. The 2013 firefighter of the year, Richard Lunz, was announced at the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department annual banquet. Photos by Alicia Greco.
“This is the time and place I really want to thank you. I’m glad that Tim and his family followed my pursuit,” the elder Moses said. “When I was at the fire department, Tim was my siren in the car.”

The mayor also thanked the fire department for its efforts, saying that without the local organization, “our community wouldn’t be as good as it is.”

Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters, Hamburg Town Clerk Catherine Rybczynski and Erie County Legislator Lynn Dixon were just a few of the other community figures who were in attendance.

Awards were presented to members of the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department who were celebrating 10, 15, 25, 35 and 45 years of service. William Shoemaker Sr. was the recipient of an award to celebrate 60 years of membership.

After that designation was announced, his son, William Shoemaker, asked the junior firefighters to stand at their seats.

“My father and I saw the glory days here; I mean glory days,” he said. “We wish that every one of you find glory days, in this fire department. I assure you it’s one of the finest fire departments in the United States. I want you to stay with it and I want you to find glory days.”

The department acknowledged its members for the fact that 1,100 calls were made in 2013. The top 10 responders were awarded as follows, along with their number of responses: Joshua Farrell (172), Harland Moses (160), Benjamin Russell (142), Nicholas Enser (138), David Sekuterski (119), Jeffrey Skrzypek (109), Shannon Rosati (104), Howard Hoelscher (99), Kimberly Skrzypek (90) and Thomas Moses (87).

Hamburg EMS responded to more than 800 calls this year. The top 10 EMS responders of 2013 are as follows, along with the number of calls: Kevil Pikul (568), Benjamin Russell (379), Harland Moses (318), Ashley Jackson (198), Justin Miller (176), Mark Yoder (164), Beth Moses (150), Andrew Marts (127), Mary Eustace (123) and Kate Wastl (119).

Previous firefighters of the year were announced, beginning at 1959 and continuing until this year, with the Firefighter of the Year Award for 2013 going to Richard Lunz.

“To me, he is an unsung hero,” Moses said. “He’s always there to help out. Any little thing we do, he’s always involved.”
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