ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT HONORS SALUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS TOWN OF GOSHEN NOMINEE GEORGE LYONS
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) held his inaugural 99th Assembly District Salute to First Responders event at the Orange County Emergency Services Center on September 16, 2019. This official State Assembly government event was created to recognize first responders from across the Assembly District who have made significant contributions to their communities and the 99th Assembly District.
George was honored in appreciation and recognition for his many years of service with the Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps. George has been on call and or riding for 45 years. George has been the recipient of many Annual 1000 Hour Certificates because George has devoted over 50,000 hours of his time to the emergency medical services of the Goshen Community. This past year he has given 2,867 hours and answered 172 calls. George has been named GOVAC’s Corp Person of the Year for his dedicated service 4 times.
Throughout his years in government service, George continued to use his EMT skills riding for GOVAC every chance that he could, often signing for “graveyard” shift from midnight to 6am. He served as President of GOV AC numerous times as well as offices of Treasure,, 1st Lt. , 2nd Lt., and Vice president. One of George’s favorite jobs was playing Santa for the annual GOVAC Children’s party, arriving by ambulance because his sled broke down on the way. Throughout this long career in education, whether teaching, coaching or counseling in Warwick, Goshen or Newburgh, George has touched the lives of thousands of our youth.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “I am so proud of all of the Salute to First Responder honorees. George Lyons is well-deserving of this recognition. George is a dedicated member of the Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps. George has given back and positively impacted his community in so many ways through GOVAC, teaching, coaching and counseling. I have known George and his family since I was a young elementary school student and can personally attest to his devotion, dedication to duty and kindness. Keep up the great work and thank you on behalf of all residents of the 99th Assembly District!”
George Lyons, Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps stated, “I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude towards the Town of Goshen for nominating me to receive this award from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt. I have had the privilege to serve the Goshen community throughout the years as a first responder and as a town councilman. It truly has been a distinct honor.”
Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!