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West Valley Volunteer Hose Company celebrates 100 years

Installation of administrative and line officers for the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company
HAIL TO THE CHIEF — Past chiefs of the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company gathered for a photo, during the installation ceremony. Photos submitted by Erin Parrish.

WEST VALLEY — On Jan. 18, the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company kicked off its “100 Years of Service to the Community,” during its annual installation and inspection banquet.

Cattaraugus County Deputy 5, and West Valley member Larry Nagel presided over the swearing in of the 2014 administrative and line officers of the company.
A MAJOR AWARD — Special recognition went to Mychelle McNeil-Wedvik, who received the Fireman of Year award for her service.

Senator Cathy Young presented years of service awards to several members. A special award of service was given to the Rev. William Kay, for serving the company for 10 years, as member and chaplain. Mychelle McNeil-Wedvik received the Fireman of Year award for her dedication to community events, fundraisers and the extra time she puts in as company treasurer.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE — Chaplain William Kay was recognized for his contributions to the hose company.

Past Chief Bob Engel was recognized for his support, throughout his years with the company, and Al Scherer, of Fairport, formerly a West Valley member, presented Chief Kevin Murray with a special 100 years recognition plaque from his department.

Scherer, who was a former teacher at West Valley Central School, was proud to see that his artwork is still utilized today, as the fire department’s insignia. During the ceremony, 26 members were recognized for their work hours, some completing EMT courses, so that they may add to the squads that serve the West Valley Fire Districts and surrounding communities.


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