Fire Department Recognizes Current and Past Members for their Service
October 21, 2016
by David S. Morin
The Hudson Fire Department honored its present and past members at an awards ceremony at the White Birch Catering and Banquet Hall on Oct. 14.
The annual awards program began in 1991 and was developed to recognize the dedicated and brave men and women of the Hudson Fire Department. Each year the ceremony is held to not only recognize actions taken in the line of duty but also for employees who go above and beyond performing extra duties, community service or other functions related to their jobs.
The event began with the honor guard posting the colors followed by Firefighter Mike Armand singing the national anthem. Those attending enjoyed a great meal followed by a slide show highlighting the past year’s events.
Remarks were given by Selectman Roger Coutu; Jeffrey Sands, president of the Professional Firefighters of Hudson Local 3154; Patrick Weaver, the president of the Hudson Firefighters Relief Association; and Robert Buxton, chief of the Hudson Fire Department.
Chief Buxton swore in the new fire officers and firefighters during a badge pinning ceremony. The newly appointed fire officers are captains Sean Mamone, James Paquette and Allan Dube. Lieutenants pinned included Eric Lambert, Martin Conlon, Toby Provencal and Greg Rich. Firefighter Zach Whitney completed his probation and was also sworn in. After each member completed their oath, a family member pinned their new badge onto the department’s uniform.
The Hudson Lions Club member Gary Rodgers presented the Lions Club Firefighter of the Year Award to Firefighter Justin Tracy. Justin has only been with the department for a year and a half. During this short time he has shown to be a self-starter, stepping forward to take on many extra duties and participating in the department’s Honor Guard and other groups.
The final presentation of the night was the years of service pins. The highlight of the evening was the presentation and standing ovation for Retired Deputy Chief Harry Chesnulevich as he was given his 60 years of service pin. Harry began with the department as a call firefighter in 1956. Over the years he progressed through the ranks to the rank of deputy chief. He retired from the department in 2000, but since that time has remained a very active member of the Firefighters Relief Association Board of Directors and participates in many of the department’s events.
Others receiving service pins were as follows:
5 years – Firefighter Craig Benner
10 years – Lieutenant Patrick Weaver
15 Years – Retired Chief Shawn Murray, Captain Sean Mamone, Captain Allan Dube, Lieutenant Patrick Weaver, Firefighter Alan Winsor, Fire Inspector Joe Triolo and Administrative Aide Helen Cheyne
35 years – Retired Captain David Morin and Lieutenant Michelle Rudolph
55 Years – Retired Lieutenant John Abbott
On Oct. 16, firefighters again gathered at the Firefighters Memorial in Hammond Park for the Firefighters Memorial Service. The department members this year spent much time upgrading the landscaping and cleaning up the grounds. The memorial bell was sent to JMD Industries of Hudson and then to a Florida company who re-plated the chrome on the bell to bring it back to its original condition.
One Hudson firefighter has lost his life in the line of duty in the town’s history. On July 27, 1981, Firefighter James Taylor died from injuries he received after Tanker 4 rolled-over while responding to a car fire on Wason Road. Firefighter Dale Schofield suffered severe injuries in the crash.
Firefighters Relief Association President Patrick Weaver opened the ceremony as the honor guard lowered the flags to half-staff. Fire Prevention Officer Steve Dube read the invocation, with remarks given by Relief President Weaver and Fire Chief Rob Buxton.
Buxton and Weaver, along with Local 3154 President Jeff Sands, laid a wreath at the memorial in honor of the past members of the fire department. Roll call of deceased members was read followed by the bell ceremony and “Taps” played by Hudson Police Detective Allison Cummings.
This year four names were added to the memorial: Firefighter Howard Dilworth, Firefighter Edward Bisbing, Executive Secretary Torrey Demanche and Executive Secretary Jennifer Riel.