ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT HONORS SALUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS 99TH DISTRICT NOMINEE NYC RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS OF ORANGE COUNTY
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.
The New York City Retired Firefighters of Orange County is the premier FDNY retiree group in the nation. This fraternal organization actively advocates on behalf of FDNY retirees and their families.Through community focused efforts, political activism and individual assistance the members have made their presence known in Orange County and the surrounding region. After serving with honor, integrity and bravery for years on the FDNY these retirees continue the brotherhood well past their service in the firehouse.
The groups annual 9-11 Memorial Ceremony held in Washingtonville each year is the largest such annual remembrance in the entire region. Without advertising hundreds of firemen active and retired, family and community members join for a solemn salute to the hero 343 FDNY brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9-11-01 and the over 200 who have since perished due to 9-11 related illnesses. The New York City Retired Firefighters of Orange County and the Hudson Valley show the dedication these men exhibit in uniform extends beyond work hours and their final tour and is the core of who these heroes are. Role models to look up to and seek out for help for life.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “I am so proud of all of the Salute to First Responder honorees. The NYC Retired Firefighters of Orange County is well-deserving of this recognition. The members of the NYC Retired Firefighters of Orange County courageously served for years with honor, integrity and bravery and continue serving our communities through advocacy and activism well after their retirement. Keep up the great work and thank you on behalf of all residents of the 99th Assembly District!”
President Dan Finegan, NYC Retired Firefighters of Orange County stated, “It’s so important to honor the selfless acts of first responders and I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to Assemblyman Schmitt for hosting a Salute to First Responders event during a time that has been increasingly dangerous for those who put their lives on the line.”
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!